Qinghai uses sun's power to combat poverty
August 10,2018   By:China Daily

Aug. 10, 2018 -- Technicians inspect solar power facilities in Gonghe county, Hainan Tibetan autonomous prefecture, Qinghai Province. (Photo/Xinhua)
Aug. 10, 2018 -- A 100 megawatt solar power project in Qinghai province designed to combat poverty is forecast to generate 25 million yuan ($3.66 million) a year after its commissioning on June 30.
Wei Boping, head of the Qinghai Poverty Alleviation and Development Bureau, said the project in Gonghe county, Hainan Tibetan autonomous prefecture, is among the most efficient in China.
Poor-quality materials and low power efficiency often mar such projects.
The power efficiency of the Qinghai project, however, is much higher than average, generating not only enough electricity for household consumption, but also extra power to sell back into the grid.
LONGi Solar, a Chinese solar energy company, provided the high-efficiency mono-crystalline modules for the project. According to Tang Xuhui, deputy head of LONGi Solar, many photovoltaic poverty relief projects in China see poor, uneven quality and power efficiency of less than 17 percent.
"Under such circumstances, it's challenging to remain profitable, let alone to lift locals out of poverty," he said.
Qinghai is the origin of China's three most famous rivers: the Yellow River, the Yangtze River and the Lancang River, the local name for the upper reaches of the Mekong River. The province, with a population of 5.8 million, has abundant solar power resources.
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