The 10MW solar power plant in Sangri County, just east of Lhasa, is being financed by Suntech Power Holdings Corporation. The plant is expected to be completed by the end of June next year. The plant in Chikand Village in the County will be connected to the central Tibet power grid and is expected to generate more than 20 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year according to Suntech Power.
Tibet has one of the highest numbers of sunshine hours in the region at 3,000 and it has the second longest sunshine time after the Sahara Desert making the country an optimal ground for solar projects. Solar power has been widely used by the farming and pastoral communities in Ngari and Nagqu since the 90s in Tibet.