China to build world's largest solar power plant
November 21, 2006
Construction of the 100 megawatt facility will take five years and cost 6.03 billion yuan ($766 million). The plant will be located in Dunhuang, a city of 100,000 near Mongolia.
The Chinese government, which is increasingly concerned with the environmental and human health costs of rapid economic growth fueled by coal burning, has recently set ambitious renewable energy targets -- calling for a three-fold increase in power generation from renewable energy sources by 2012 and invested billions in renewable energy technologies including wind, solar, and biofuels.
Solar power in Xinjiang, western China.
Renewable energy in China, a strategic future? With a host of environmental and domestic social concerns -- and potential future international conflict -- China could be well suited to pursue renewable energy sources. China's failed bid for American petroleum firm Unocal may prompt it to further focus on its development of alternative energy sources. While China has been actively investing in exploration and development operations in Africa, South America, and other parts of Asia over the past five years, China has also significantly expanded its interests in renewable energy sources including wind, solar, biofuels, tidal, and small hydroelectric dams.
This article includes a NASA news release.
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