China Province to Set Renewable Energy Record


Published Date : Jun 21, 2017

Qinghai province in China is all set to make a new record by cutting its carbon emissions to null, powering the entire province by renewable energy for a course of seven weeks as a trial. The province, with a population of 5.8 mn, started observing the complete reliance on renewable energy from June 17 and will continue to do so until the 23rd of the month.

Set to Break Portugal’s Four-day Record

The province is mainly focusing on sustaining on clean energy sources such as solar power, wind power, and hydropower, and try and achieve zero emissions of harmful gases from these 168 hours. This will allow the province to break the record earlier set by Portugal, which observed the abstinence of relying only on cleaner fuels for energy needs for a period of four days.

Major Reliance on Hydro-power

Qinghai enjoys about 3,000 daylight hours every year and has a rich stock of natural resources, thanks to its plateau location. The province has also attracted several wind power plants and numerous photovoltaic companies owing to its favorable geographical positioning and environmental conditions. The province also has attracted the attention of hydro-power companies and has some of China’s major hydro-power stations.

It is estimated that during the seven-day plan, the province will consume 78.3 percent of power developed from hydro-power. The rest will be generated by alternate sources of energy. This is the first time that a province in Chine will be solely dependent on renewable energy for such a long period of time.