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After launching the world's largest solar power plant, China is building an even more powerful one

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jul4,2024

After launching the world's largest solar power plant, China is building an even more powerful one

Not even a month has passed since China launched the world's largest solar power plant with a capacity of 5 gigawatts. It can generate 6.09 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually, which is estimated to power 2.03 million electric cars for an entire year. Now it became known that the country has already begun to equip another power plant, more powerful than this one.

It is worth noting that there is nothing unexpected in this, because China is currently implementing its energy project, within the framework of which it is planned to install455 gigawatts of wind and solar power plants across the country. These projects will be located in sparsely populated but resource-rich areas and will direct the generated energy to large urban centers, such as cities on the east coast of China. So both the previous 5 gigawatt plant and this new one are part of a larger plan to transition to clean energy (or at least a partial transition, since the project will also build coal-fired power plants, albeit in much smaller numbers).

What is the capacity of the future power plant

The state-owned power company China Three Gorges Renewables Group will build a solar power plant with a capacity of 8 gigawatts and a cost of nearly 11 billions of US dollars.

It's hard to imagine how much land the solar panels would cover to generate that much power, but it would obviously be bigger than the previous record holder, which has an area of ​​810 square kilometers (81,000 hectares).


In addition to the massive solar power plant, the project will also include 4 gigawatts of wind power, 5 gigawatt-hours of energy storage, 200 megawatts of solar thermal power and 4 gigawatts of coal-fired power plants. All of these will be located in Ordos, a region of Inner Mongolia in northern China.

The new project will begin construction in September and is expected to be operational in June 2027.

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Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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