China's first grid-connected solar
power station in desert enters operation
Dec 19, 2008 - Xinhua
China's first grid-connected solar power station
built in a desert entered operation on Friday in Wuwei
City,northwest China's Gansu Province.
Built with a total installed capacity of 1 megawatt,
the Datang Wuwei Solar Power Station in Tengger Desert
was developed by the China Datang Corporation, China's
second largest power producer.
Only half of the planned installed capacity was in
production on Friday, which will have an annual output
of 870,000 kwh.
The project is scheduled for full completion by
the end of next year, said Jiang Pingsuo, chief engineer
of Datang's subsidiary in Gansu Province.
The desert enjoys 2,210 hours of sunshine a year
usable for power generation, which mean a 1-megawatt
solar panel can generate 1.74 million kwh of electricity
a year, said Jiang.
He said that the operation of the solar station
is a breakthrough in the country's exploitation of
the solar energy in desert region.