Tibet's Solar Plant Set to Ease Power Shortages
The largest solar power plant in southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region will become operational in May to help ease the plateau region's power shortages.
The 30-megawatt solar photovoltaic generation project in Xigaze Prefecture, about 3 kilometers northwest of Tibet's second largest city Xigaze, is perched at 3,895 meters above sea level, the project's steering committee said yesterday in a press release.
It said the project would cost 800 million yuan (US$122 million), funded solely by Linuo Power Group, a leading provider of solar photovoltaic power generation systems based in east China's Shandong Province.
Construction of the first phase, costing 249 million yuan and covering 30 hectares, began in May last year. It will generate up to 20.23 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, the document said.
(Xinhua Apr. 2011)