A major milestone has been achieved in China. The Northwest Province of Qinghai has just run for seven straight days entirely on renewable energy.
From June 17th to June 23rd the province, which is home to 5.8 million people , used only wind, solar and hydro power stations. The electricity used during the period was 1.1 billion kilowatt hours, equivalent to 535,000 tons of coal.
Hydro power plants supplied 72.3 percent of the electricity, with new renewable energy like wind and solar supplying the remainder for the province.
Qinghai is home to the Laxiwa hydropower station, the largest on the upper stream of the Yellow River. On average, it generates 10.2 billion kilowatt hours a year.
Juinpower, a solar panel manufacturer located in the province, said it saw no change in the power supplied to the company.
As of May of this year, the power grid of Qinghai had a total installed capacity of 23.4 million kilowatts, about 82.8 percent of which came from hydro, solar and wind power.
According to the province’s 13th Five-Year Plan, Qinghai plans to expand its solar and wind capacity to 35 million kilowatt by 2020 and supply 110 billion kilowatt hours of clean electricity every year to central and eastern parts of China.
China’s has plans to invest 2.5 trillion yuan (about 370 billion U.S. dollars) in renewable energy by 2020, creating more than 13 million jobs, according to the National Energy Administration.
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ST Staff Writers
This post was prepared by Solar Thermal Magazine staff.