Friday, November 21, 2008

Chinese first desert solar power station to be in place

BEIJING, Nov 20, 2008 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- China's first desert solar power generation station will come into operation and get connected to grid in this December at Tengger Desert of Northwest China's Gansu Province, said Li Shimin, vice president of Gansu Natural Energy Research Institute.

This solar power generation program covers more than 20,000 square meters with an annual capacity of 0.5 MW.

Gansu has rich solar energy resources with annual solar radiation of 4,800-6,400 MJ/m2 and 1,700-3,300 of sunshine hours each year.

In addition, Gansu will invite biding for the construction of a 10-MW solar photovoltaic program in the desert area of Dunhuang.

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