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China brings 2.2 GW solar park online

China, Qinghai, Xining: A Chinese company announced it has brought the world’s second-largest solar farm into commercial operation.

Sungrow, which supplies inverters for renewable energy projects, and the state-owned utility Huanghe Hydropower Development said on 9 October that a 2.2 GW capacity solar park in the northwest province of Qinghai is now online.

The Qinghai project, which includes 202.86 MWh of energy storage capacity, is located in the desert near the city of Xining. The installation, which was completed in September, is connected to an 800 kV transmission line that runs 1,586 km (986 mi) and is expected to provide power to cities in the east and south of China.

Sungrow in a news release said, “The ultra-high voltage power line in China is set to maximise the consumption of renewable energy as the solar resources deployed unevenly by region, significantly fuelling the transition to a low carbon economy for eastern China and facilitating the western economic growth.”

Source: POWER Magazine