(ORDO NEWS) — Chinese President Xi Jinping last week announced , that by 2060 China will reach carbon neutrality. This week, China made a small, but significant step in achieving this goal. The country’s largest solar power plant was connected to the grid in the northwestern province of Qinghai.
China does not throw words to the wind. Only Xi Jinping said that the country would become carbon-neutral by 2060, and within a week the largest solar power plant in China was launched.
The Solar Park has a capacity of 2.2 GW. This makes it the second largest in the world, barely behind India’s 2.245 GW Bhadla Park. Until now, China’s largest solar station was in the Tengger Desert, with a capacity of 1.54 GW. In comparison, the largest “solar” farm in the United States has a capacity of 579 MW. The power plant also has a storage component. The energy storage facility “holds” up to 202.86 MWh.
The launch of this power plant is part of a program to transfer wind, solar and hydropower from the west of the country to the east, where more people live.
Today, however, China’s stance on the fight against climate change remains ambiguous. On the one hand, the country is the world leader in solar, wind and hydropower production, and at the same time, it remains heavily dependent on coal. For example, in 2020, representatives of the country’s energy industry decided to build new coal-fired power plants with a capacity of 40 GW, which, according to data some experts are equivalent to the capacity of the South African coal industry.
At the same time, at the end of September, Xi Jinping told a United Nations committee that China will achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. China has previously committed to peak emissions by 2030.
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