Power sets new solar installation on the top of the world
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., a producer
of solar panels, will develop a 10MW solar installation on the
roof of the world that will generate decades of clean electricity
for thousands of residents of the Tibetan Plateau.
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
20,000 MWh 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.
These changes have led to peak power shortages that are an impediment
to the region’s continued economic growth. The new 10 MW solar
power plant will help to alleviate peak power shortages and serve
as a strong complement to existing hydroelectric resources.
“With intense sunlight and cool temperatures, Tibet is extremely
well-suited for the utilization of advanced photovoltaic technology,”
said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech’s Founder, chairman and CEO.
Suntech has been active in rural electrification projects in
Tibet. Over the last few years, Suntech has donated more than
fifty independent solar systems for schools, community centers,
and houses throughout the region. In 2008, Suntech installed
a solar system at Mount Everest base camp to provide trekkers
with clean and reliable access to power. A team of mountaineers
carried a Suntech flag to the very peak of the world.