Qinghai uses sun's power to combat poverty
August 10,2018   By:China Daily
It is estimated that 396,000 residents are currently living under the poverty line, mostly in the semi-arid mountainous and alpine regions in the south, which has a fragile ecosystem.
With the advantage of its abundant solar resources, the province can harness that energy via photovoltaics, Wei said. With comparatively smaller upfront investments and steady returns, solar-powered poverty relief makes for effective and sustainable programs that meet Qinghai's challenges in combating poverty, he said.
China aims to lift 70 million people above the poverty line by 2020. The central government introduced a national database to analyze the number of people living in poverty after the announcement of the 2020 target. It is formulated to help precise project planning and to allocate cash resources more effectively.
Poverty alleviation is an important task in China's 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20). President Xi Jinping stressed that measures to alleviate poverty must be precise to benefit the needs of households and individuals.
Joseph Jacobelli, a senior analyst of Asian utilities at Bloomberg, said while it will be a challenge for China to eradicate poverty nationwide by 2020, this will most likely be achieved in areas with high irradiance such as Gansu and Qinghai provinces.
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