China's green supergrid goal expanding....
Another ambitious framework moving forward in China aside the high speed train network. China’s newest and largest 2.2 GW solar power park built in just 10 months has been in operation since beginning of this month.
Located in a desert not far from Qinghai’s capital city Xining, the USD 2.2 billion project was built by Huanghe Hydropower Development and Sungrow, covering about 40km2. The solar park is connected to an ultra-high 800 kilovolt power line, being built by State Grid Co., running 1,587 kilometers to the populated east across Qinghai, Gansu, Shaanxi, and Henan provinces.
The park overtakes 1.54GW Tengger Desert Solar Park in the northern region of Ningxia as largest solar power installation. China manages about 35% of the global grid-connected solar capacity.
These parks are all steps for building an unprecedented green energy supergrid in China as part of the huge ambition to be carbon neutral by 2060.
China’s offshore oil and gas major CNOOC Ltd announced as well last month that its first offshore wind power project in the sea offshore China’s eastern province of Jiangsu has connected to the grid, being in operation with a total capacity of 300 megawatts.