Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. plans to develop a 10 MW solar installation in the Chek Kang village in Sangri County, Shannan Prefecture, Tibet. The plant will be located approximately 4,000 meters above sea level.
Historically, the mountainous region has relied heavily on hydroelectric resources for much of its baseload power production. However, shifting weather patterns in recent years have caused more frequent droughts and reduced water volumes in hydroelectric reservoirs, Suntech says. These changes have led to peak power shortages that are an impediment to the region's continued economic growth.
The solar plant is designed to help alleviate peak power shortages and serve as a strong complement to existing hydroelectric resources. The facility is scheduled to be completed by middle of this year and generate around 20,000 MWh of electricity per year.
SOURCE: Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd.