Suntech to Develop 10Mw Solar Power Plant
Located in Chek Kang village in the Sangri County, Shannan Prefecture, Tibet, the solar power plant will be one of the highest on earth at around 4,000 meters above sea level. With target completion by the middle of the 2011, the facility will generate around 20,000Mwh of renewable electricity per year to help facilitate sustainable economic development in Tibet.
Historically, the mountainous region has relied heavily on hydroelectric resources for much of its baseload power production. However, shifting weather patterns in recent years have caused more frequent droughts and reduced water volumes in hydroelectric reservoirs, said Suntech Power.
According to Suntech Power, these changes have led to peak power shortages that are an impediment to the region's continued economic growth. The new 10Mw solar power plant will help to alleviate peak power shortages and serve as a strong complement to existing hydroelectric resources.
Zhengrong Shi, founder, chairman and CEO of Suntech, said: â€œWe're proud to invest in preserving the region's fragile ecosystem by providing an economically-viable and sustainable solution for electricity generation. From the desert sands of Arizona to the peaks of the Himalayas, anyone can look up and harness nature's cleanest and most abundant energy resource.â€
â€œIn this exciting transitional period, we will continue to diversify our global footprint to drive solar industry growth everywhere under the sun.â€
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