27 Aug 2009 14:02

Qinghai starts building two solar power plants

Shanghai. August 27. INTERFAX-CHINA - Qinghai Province in northwestern China has started building two new solar power plants, the local government announced on Aug. 27.

State-owned power giant China Guodian Corp. will invest RMB 260 million ($38.07 million) on the 10-megawatt Delingha Solar Power Plant, which is designed to produce 15.36 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. The plant in the province's north is scheduled to start full operation in 2010.

China Datang Corp. will invest RMB 130 million ($19.03 million) to construct the other plant in northwestern Qinghai, the Ge'ermu Solar Power Plant, which will have 5 MW of generation capacity and is expected to generate 8 million kWh of electricity a year from 2010.

Qinghai is the second richest region in solar resources in China after the Tibet Autonomous Region. According to industry experts, the construction of large-scale solar power plants is particularly suitable in the scarcely populated province.