Photovoltaic power gains steam in Yuhuan | Updated: 2022-11-25

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Photovoltaic panels installed over a tidal mudflat in Yuhuan, a county-level city in Taizhou, East China's Zhejiang province. [Photo/]

Yuhuan, a county-level city in Taizhou, has been actively pursuing green and low-carbon development by developing photovoltaic power projects.

Official statistics show that Yuhuan is currently home to 1,787 rooftop photovoltaic power stations and four centralized photovoltaic power stations that can provide an average of 1.4 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per day, equivalent to the daily electricity consumption of nearly two-thirds of Yuhuan's residents.

Dongfeng, an auto part supplier based in Yuhuan, for example, has installed about 6,000 photovoltaic panels that cover more than 10,000 square meters on the roofs of its four factories.

According to Wang Yangxiong, the company's president, these panels can generate more than 1.35 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. Compared to a thermal power plant with the same gross electricity generation capacity, these panels reduce the annual usage of standard coal by about 330 metric tons and carbon dioxide emissions by 760 tons a year.

Photovoltaic panels have also been installed over fishing ponds and tidal mudflats in Yuhuan.

One such example is the 5,200-mu (346 hectares) photovoltaic project built by Jinko near the Xuanmen Bay. Nearly 30 percent of its panels are installed over fish ponds.

This project, which was put into operation in 2016, has made it possible to generate photovoltaic power and breed aquatic creatures at the same time and place.