06 Apr '12, 1pm

Chinese Coal City Switching to Solar

Chinese Coal City Switching to Solar

The Chinese city Datong, despite being known for its coal resources, is transforming into a solar power center. “During the 12th Five-Year Plan (2011-15) period, we have 432 projects with a total investment of 536.4 billion yuan ($84.8 billion) to help the city’s transformation from a high-carbon city into a low-carbon one,” said Geng Yanbo, mayor of the city. Solar Power Projects in Datong By the end of 2015, Yanbo intends to have the city getting 25% of its electricity from clean energy . One 20-MW PV solar power plant has been under construction since late 2011. Golden Concord Holdings, one of the world’s largest polysilicon manufacturers, is also looking to build a 500-MW and a 300-MW solar power plant, the second with Foxconn Technology Group. The city isn’t only looking to get its power from clean energy, though — it’s also looking to become a major solar component m...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2012/04/06/chinese-coal-city-swi...

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