China dispatch: Violent sand storms hit PV projects in northwest China

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The construction of PV power stations in China has largely been focused in the northwest of China, due to high irradiance and low land cost. But sand storms also frequently occur in the region, especially in spring.

At about 1:00am on Tuesday, a heavy sand storm firstly hit a PV project in Hami, which is in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of northwest China. The storm was around wind level ten, and destroyed the tents in construction area.

Local media said more than 130 people got trapped by the storm, with two reported missing and five vehicles damaged. With help from local government and police, these people were transferred to a safe area. According to the construction unit on the project, Sinohydro Foundation Engineering Co., nobody was injured or was killed because of the sand storm.