40MW Floating PV Power Plant (PRNewsfoto/SUNGROW Power Supply Co., Ltd)

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China Is Now Being Powered By The Largest Floating Solar Farm On Earth

Even 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.

And as part of their continued efforts, the Government has announced that construction on the world's largest floating solar farm has been completed – and is now connected to the local power grid.

Floating solar farms are becoming increasingly popular around the world as they can free up land in populated areas and reduce water evaporation (Image: Sungrow Power Supply Co.)

Floating solar farms are becoming increasingly popular around the world as they can free up land in populated areas and reduce water evaporation (Image: Sungrow Power Supply Co.)

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 mineralised water" which makes the area "valueless" into a something to benefit the planet.

"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," explains one expert from the local government.

But this is by no means China's first foray into solar energy operations. 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 coined as the largest solar power plant on Earth.

This transition to solar forms part of Government commitments to increase its use of non-fossil fuels by 20% – and comes as the cost of implementing green alternatives plummets in price.

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.

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By Matthew Kirby, published on 25/05/2017