Construction of a 135-megawatt solar thermal power generation project has begun in Delingha city of Qinghai province.
With an energy storage time of 11.2 hours, it is expected to be the largest solar thermal power station—with the largest installed capacity and the largest energy storage scale—in China.
The power station covers an area of 9.52 square kilometers, with a solar panel field of 1.45 million square meters. Using about 37,240 tons of molten salt, and with a total investment of 3.126 billion yuan ($475.78 million), the power station is scheduled to be connected to the grid before September 30, 2022.
Upon completion, the power station is expected to generate about 435 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually, reducing about 365,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
The solar thermal power generation project is one of 27 new energy projects in Qinghai.
A key meeting of the Central Committee for Financial and Economic Affairs in mid-March mapped out a host of measures that would help China to peak its carbon emissions by 2030 and attain carbon neutrality by 2060.