The first world’s biggest solar power plant in China’s remote desert could have a solar array of its own
A Chinese solar farm is set to be unveiled in a remote desert town on the country’s far eastern coast, after more than a decade of work.
The ambitious project will be constructed in a sprawling network of tunnels under the desert sands, according to the official Xinhua news agency, which reported that the Chinese government will provide a state-of-the-art solar array to support the construction of the 1,400-megawatt solar farm.
Construction of the sprawling project, known as the Solar Energy and Energy Conservation Center (SEEC), began last year and will be funded by a national government grant worth $2.5 billion.
The solar farm will consist of two separate facilities, each containing more than 400 panels, and each will have a total of 400MW of capacity.
“The solar energy is produced from the solar energy, and it’s stored in the solar power station, and is then returned to the sun,” the director of SEEC’s project, Zhang Yongsheng, told Xinhua.
“It’s the most ambitious project that we’ve ever seen in China.”
The SEEC project is set for completion in 2018, but construction is already underway, according the Xinhua report.
Construction of the project began last September, and construction is expected to last up to five years.
The SEEDC project will allow the Chinese state to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels and reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, the report said.
The Chinese government plans to set up two new solar power stations on the outskirts of Beijing, in an area of the desert known as “Dongxiang”, according to a local government spokesperson.
The area is home to thousands of people, but its remote location makes it one of the world’s most remote deserts.
The project is expected cost between $1 billion and $2 billion, according a report from the American Institute of Architects.
The site will be part of a national solar energy scheme, which is being launched in China by the government to boost energy efficiency and promote renewable energy sources, according Xinhua, the Chinese news agency.