China, seeking to ease its dependence on coal to fuel its booming economy, said recently it will build the world’s largest solar power station in the poor but sunny northwestern province of Gansu. Planners chose the “oasis town” of Dunhuang for the solar plant. The 100 megawatt (mw) project would cost approximately 6.03 billion yuan ($766 million) and construction would take five years, Xinhua news agency said.
China’s economy is racing along at more than 10 percent a year and miners are struggling to meet booming demand for coal which fuels about 70 percent of the nation’s energy consumption.
China has also stepped up investment in energy projects abroad and nuclear power, keen to cut down on pollution which hits the maximum “hazardous” level in the capital fairly regularly.