A 320 megawatt solar photovoltaic plant, located next to an existing hydroelectric dam in western China, has begun its trial run.
According to China Daily, the Longyangxia Dam in Qinghai Province integrates both solar and hydro-power generation to bring renewable energy to the grid. It is the largest hydro-solar project in the world to date.
The project was constructed by a subsidiary of the China Power Investment Corporation, one of the five largest state-owned electricity producers in China.
The 329 MW solar photovoltaic plant will work in conjunction with the existing 1.28 GW Longyangxia Hydro Power Station.
The integration of hydropower generation in a solar project has been successfully used in many other regions around the world to help smoothen the delivery of power to the grid. Hydropower can cheaply and easily balance the variable output of solar power.
The PV portion of the project expected to deliver 498 million kilowatt hours of electricity to the grid over its 25 year lifespan.
The PV portion incorporates 15 MW of Yingli Green Energy Holding Company Limited’s YGE series of PV modules as well as modules from JA Solar.
Construction on the PV project began in March of 2013, with commissioning on the first week of December of 2013. – EcoSeed Staff