World's Largest Solar Farm Now Online

Just last week, around the same time President Donald Trump announced the U.S. is pulling out of the landmark Paris climate agreement, China officially switched on the world's largest floating solar farm.

Located near the city of Huainan, the power station can generate 40 megawatts of electricity—or enough to power 15,000 homes, according to operator Sungrow. The panels float on a surface of the water that ranges in depth from four to 10 meters.

The clean power plant is a symbolic turnaround for the Anhui province, "an area that for years saw intensive coal mining," as the South China Morning Post reports. The New York Times also notably points out that the solar facility was even built on top of a lake that was created by the collapse of abandoned coal mines.
"The plant not only makes full use of this area, reducing the demand for lands, but also improves generation due to the cooling effects of the surface," a local government official explained.

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(China's new floating solar farm. Photo credit: Sungrow)

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jean
jean

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Makes total sense @ben

ben
ben

I actually have heard that it's better for the water because it provides shade for Marine life. Oceans are only getting hotter, and the more sun we capture for energy is that much less heat in the water.

tommy
tommy

that's a good question Brian... is the marine life protected where they install those panels?

Brian
Brian

Are there any concerns that they are putting them on top of the water?

brigitte-perreault
brigitte-perreault

this solar farm is fantastic!

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