China has installed a huge solar array, which floats on the surface of a lake, reflecting its ambitions on the country’s clean energy.
The world’s largest floating solar project is particularly poignant as it is resting on a lake that emerged after the collapse of an abandoned coal mine in central Anhui province.
Officially completed on 18th May 2017, this floating solar project 40MW of electricity at a peak, which is enough to power the lights and air conditioning of a nearby city.
Reducing fossil fuel reliance
This initiative is a part of Beijing’s effort to get rid of fossil fuel dependency, which has made it world’s top emitter of greenhouse gases. Two-thirds of its electricity is still fueled by coal. Besides, it’s a powerful example of the country’s strong ambition to fight against climate change and to lead the world in clean energy development, which, until recently, were goals shared by the U.S. government.
With Donald Trump confirming that the United States is withdrawing from the Paris climate pact, China is already taking considerable initiatives to minimize its ancient dependence on fossil fuel-based energy sources. The government is willing to extend the floating solar project to more than a dozen sites, together which would generate electricity same amount as a full-size nuclear reactor.