GCL-Poly Energy Holdings Limited last week connected two PV power plants with a combined capacity of 160 MW to the grid in northern China.
Built and operated by GCL-Polys 51% subsidiary, Ningxia Qingyang New Energy Co., Ltd., the 100 MW GCL Ningxia Qingyang PV power plant was hooked up to the grid and has begun operation in in the Tengger Desert, located in Chinas northwestern Ningxia region.
The plant covers an area of approximately 3,450 mu (2.3 square kilomters) with an average on-grid electricity of 150 million KWh a year.
Boasting ample solar irradiance, the availability of solar energy in Ningxia region ranked third across the nation only after Lhasa and Hohhot.
GCL-Poly said the power plant could save some 53,000 tons of standard coal and reduce the emission of greenhouse gas including carbon dioxide by approximately 130,000 tons a year.
In addition, the company said the array enables efficient wind and sand resistance, reduction in evaporation of surface water and facilitates plant growth, making it a special greening measure combining forestation and grass planting for the PV wind farm and wind and sand protection area.
In addition, GCL-Poly completed and connected a 60 MW in Datong in the northern province of Shanxi. Phase II of a planned 100 MW project built by GCL-Polys Datong Xian GCL Solar Power Co., Ltd. division, the plant has also begun commercial operation.
GCL-Poly is likewise making use of the abundant solar resources in the region: Datong enjoys some 2,700 hours of sunshine a year. The company completed the 20 MW Phase I of its planned 100 MW plant in April 2013 and is to finish the final 20 MW Phase III in the near future.