Without taking up precious land, China’s Hengtong Optic-Electric has developed two projects in one: a 100 MW solar PV plant, and a fish farm.
The solar-acquaculture project was realized based on a 25-year concession agreement with a total investment of US$120 million.
Located in the Shandong province and spread over two square kilometers, the project was unveiled on December 8, 2017, featuring 348,480 solar panels, the supplier of which has not been revealed.
Hengtong says that it currently has nearly 700 MW of solar power projects under construction in Southeast Asia, Oceania, Africa and South America.
The clear advantages of the hybrid projects are that they save land, generate clean energy and farm fish all at once. Additionally, the temperature of the water, which is lower than that of the ground, allows for the optimal operation of solar panels.
The combination of fish farming and solar power generation is no novelty in China. Some of the most notable projects of this kind include: a 120 MW project in Poyang county, Jiangxi province, completed in May 2016; and Hangzhou Fengling’s 200 MW project in Cixi, Zhejiang province, which was connected in January last year.