Ever since earning a reputation as one of the most polluted countries on Earth, China has been on a mission to turn shit around and became an unlikely leader in renewable tech.
As a part of their continued efforts, China's Government announced that construction of the world's largest floating solar farm has been completed and is now connected to the local power grid.
The 40-megawatt power plant ironically sits atop a flooded former coal-mining town in the Huainan prefecture of China's Anhui province.
It was created by solar panel manufacturer Sungrow Power Supply Co. and aims to turn the "seriously mineralized water," which makes the area "valueless," into something that benefits the planet. As one government expert explains:
"The plant not only makes full use of this area, reducing the demand for lands – but also improves generation due to the cooling effects of the surface."
This isn't China's first foray into solar energy operations, however. In 2016, the country opened a similar facility in the same area. It is also home to the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, a monolithic 10-square-mile facility in the Qinghai province, which has been named the largest solar power plant on Earth.
This transition to solar is part of the Government's commitment to increase its use of non-fossil fuels by 20% and comes at the time when the cost of implementing green alternatives is plummeting. Solar power plants are now expected to rival coal facilities within the next decade.
Since the latest NASA and NOAA reports show that 2016 was the warmest year on record, initiatives like this are also a welcome step in addressing climate change around the world.