Thursday, 06 June 2024 04:45

World’s biggest solar farm goes online, big enough to power a country

Rate this item
(0 votes)

The world’s biggest solar plant has come online in China, capable of powering a small country with its annual capacity of more than 6 billion kilowatt hours.

The facility in a desert region of the north-west province of Xinjiang covers 200,000 acres – roughly the same area as New York City.

The 5GW complex, which was connected to China’s grid on Monday, is powerful enough to meet the electricity demands of a country the size of Luxembourg or Papua New Guinea.

China has led the world in solar poweradoption, boosting its capacity in 2023 by more than 50 per cent. The new solar farm overtakes the Ningxia Teneggeli and Golmud Wutumeiren solar projects, which are both also in China, to become the largest in the world.

A recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) described China’s drive towards renewables as “extraordinary”, with the country commissioning as much solar capacity last year as the entire world did in 2022.

“China accounts for almost 60 per cent of new renewable capacity expected to become operational globally by 2028,” the report stated.

“China’s role is critical in reaching the global goal of tripling renewables because the country is expected to install more than half of the new capacity required globally by 2030. At the end of the forecast period, almost half of China’s electricity generation will come from renewable energy sources.”

Analysis from leading manufacturer Longi Green Energy Technology in 2023 estimated that fitting solar panels to rooftops and buildings in China would produce enough electricity to power all the households in China and South-East Asia combined.

The massive ramp-up in production of solar panels in China has led to recent concerns that overcapacity could lead to trade tensions resulting from a global market glut.

Last month, in an effort to prevent this, US President Joe Biden announced that tariffs on Chinese solar cell imports would double from 25 per cent to 50 per cent.

The Independent is the world’s most free-thinking news brand, providing global news, commentary and analysis for the independently-minded. We have grown a huge, global readership of independently minded individuals, who value our trusted voice and commitment to positive change. Our mission, making change happen, has never been as important as it is today.

 

The Independent

June 15, 2024

Seplat pledges swift conclusion of $1.3bn acquisition deal with Exxon after NNPC withdrew suit

Seplat Energy is pursuing a swift conclusion to its $1.28 billion acquisition of ExxonMobil's Nigerian…
June 05, 2024

Many politicians go to court after elections because they know they can be declared winners…

Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday said that many politicians would avoid going to court…
June 16, 2024

19 secrets and confessions about marriage that married people would never say out loud

We recently asked married people in the BuzzFeed Community to share secrets about marriage they'd…
June 15, 2024

Fish the size of a human fingernail is as loud as a jet engine

Danionella cerebrum, a translucent fish only 12mm in size can produce sounds exceeding 140 dB,…
June 16, 2024

Gunmen abduct three people on Lagos waterway

Three people travelling on boat have been abducted by gunmen in Lagos. The trio were…
June 16, 2024

Here’s the latest as Israel-Hamas war enters Day 254

Eight Israeli soldiers killed as fighting continues in Rafah Eight Israeli soldiers were killed in…
June 10, 2024

Three reasons why it’s good news that robots are getting smarter - The Economist

The robots are coming! In science fiction that is usually an ominous warning. In the…
June 16, 2024

Finidi ‘throws in the towel’ as Super Eagles head coach

Finidi George has stepped down from his role as the head coach of the Super…

NEWSSCROLL TEAM: 'Sina Kawonise: Publisher/Editor-in-Chief; Prof Wale Are Olaitan: Editorial Consultant; Femi Kawonise: Head, Production & Administration; Afolabi Ajibola: IT Manager;
Contact Us: [email protected] Tel/WhatsApp: +234 811 395 4049

Copyright © 2015 - 2024 NewsScroll. All rights reserved.