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Published on January 2nd, 2009 | by Ariel Schwartz

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China Planning World's Largest Solar Farm

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January 2nd, 2009 by
 
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2008 was an exciting year for solar energy, and 2009 is shaping up to be even better. Earlier this week, the China Technology Development Group Corp. and Qinghai New Energy Co. announced plans to build a 1 GW solar farm in China— the largest in the world.

Construction will begin this year on the first part of the project— a $150 million, 30 MW crystalline silicon and thin film solar power station in the Qaidam Basin. The full timeline for the project is not currently available.

If the solar farm is completed, it will be nearly twice as large as the largest solar installation to be announced thus far. Optisolar’s planned 550 MW thin film solar plant in San Luis Obispo, CA would supply energy to Pacific Gas and Electric Co.

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was formerly the editor of CleanTechnica and is a senior editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine, and more. A graduate of Vassar College, she has previously worked in publishing, organic farming, documentary film, and newspaper journalism. Her interests include permaculture, hiking, skiing, music, relocalization, and cob (the building material). She currently resides in San Francisco, CA.



  • http://google.com ed

    I think its excellent but I didn’t know these

    solar farms take so much space

    ed

  • http://google.com ed

    I think its excellent but I didn’t know these

    solar farms take so much space

    ed

  • http://google.com ed

    I think its excellent but I didn’t know these

    solar farms take so much space

    ed

  • Noah

    I am actually concerned about adopting solar too fast with mega-projects like this. If China makes sudden huge orders along with all the other orders, there isn’t enough supply. Prices on solar panels will suddenly skyrocket, building plans will stall until supply catches up. Its probably unavoidable, though.

  • Noah

    I am actually concerned about adopting solar too fast with mega-projects like this. If China makes sudden huge orders along with all the other orders, there isn’t enough supply. Prices on solar panels will suddenly skyrocket, building plans will stall until supply catches up. Its probably unavoidable, though.

  • http://GlobalPatriot.com Global Patriot

    Let’s just hope that they are serious about expanding their solar program, as China needs to back off the building of so many coal-fired plants that have become so detrimental to the air quality.

  • http://GlobalPatriot.com Global Patriot

    Let’s just hope that they are serious about expanding their solar program, as China needs to back off the building of so many coal-fired plants that have become so detrimental to the air quality.

  • http://GlobalPatriot.com Global Patriot

    Let’s just hope that they are serious about expanding their solar program, as China needs to back off the building of so many coal-fired plants that have become so detrimental to the air quality.

  • http://optimism.thorscave.com Thor

    It seems like a handful of countries have entered into an unspoken competition to have the largest alternate energy production ‘farms’.

    It’s a good thing, I suppose.

  • http://optimism.thorscave.com Thor

    It seems like a handful of countries have entered into an unspoken competition to have the largest alternate energy production ‘farms’.

    It’s a good thing, I suppose.

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