Suntech to install 10 MW Tibetan solar system

Scheduled for completion by mid year, the solar power plant will be located in the country’s Shannan Prefecture, in Chek Kang village, Sangri County. It is expected to generate around 20,000 MWh of electricity annually.

According to the Chinese module manufacturer, the region has historically relied on hydroelectric resources for much of its base load power production. However, it says that shifting weather patterns have caused more frequent droughts and reduced water volumes in hydroelectric reservoirs. Consequently, it believes the solar plant will help to ease power shortages.

"With intense sunlight and cool temperatures, Tibet is extremely well-suited for the utilization of advanced photovoltaic technology," commented Zhengrong Shi, Suntech’s founder, chairman and CEO. "We’re proud to invest in preserving the region’s fragile ecosystem by providing an economically-viable and sustainable solution for electricity generation."

Over the last few years, Suntech has donated over 50 independent solar systems for schools, community centers, and houses throughout the Tibetan region. In 2008, it also installed a solar system at the Mount Everest base camp.

Zhengrong Shi added: "As we approach grid parity, we’re seeing a groundswell of appetite for multi-megawatt projects in Asia and emerging markets around the world. I’m confident that China will really turn some heads this year and perhaps even become a gigawatt market."