The installation will generate decades of clean electricity for thousands of residents of the Tibetan Plateau.
Chek Kang village in the Sangri County, Shannan Prefecture, Tibet, will soon be home to one of the highest solar panel installations on the planet at around 4,000 meters above sea level.
The facility will generate around 20,000MWh of renewable electricity per year to help facilitate sustainable economic development in Tibet.
For many years, Tibetans have relied on hydraulic power, in part supplied by the massive runoff from glaciers in the Andes. As climate change slowly melts the glaciers away, droughts have become more frequent along with reduced water volumes in hydroelectric reservoirs.
These changes have led to peak power shortages that are an impediment to the region’s continued economic growth. The new 10MW solar power plant will help to alleviate peak power shortages and serve as a strong complement to existing hydroelectric resources.
Suntech Solar, one of the largest solar panel manufacturers in the world, won the privilege of bringing a stable source of renewable energy to this important corner of the world.
“With intense sunlight and cool temperatures, Tibet is extremely well-suited for the utilization of advanced photovoltaic technology,” said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech’s Founder, Chairman and CEO.
And this isn’t the first time Suntech solar technology has reached great heights. In 2008, Suntech installed a solar system at Mt. Everest base camp to provide trekkers with clean and reliable access to power. In gratitude, a team of mountaineers carried a Suntech flag to the very peak of the world.