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Countries: China
Regions: Huang He (Yellow River)
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International Cooperation and Capacity Building (SDG 6.a)
Renewable energy (SDG 7.2)
Climate Resilience and Adaptation (SDG 13.1)
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UN Climate Change Summit 2019
Progress to Date: Total emission reductions: 48,000t CO2 p.a. Reduce Carbon Emissions
Services Needed: Monitoring & evaluation
Desired Partner: Government
Language: English
Start & End Dates: Apr. 2012  »  Ongoing
Project Website: www.firstclimate.com/en/our-carbon-offset-projects/china-uti...
Contextual Condition(s): Other
Additional Benefits: Raised awareness of challenges among local authorities
Beneficiaries: Ecosystems, Other utilities
Planning & Implementation Time: More than 3 years
Financial Resources: More than $500,000 USD
Primary Funding Source: pool
Project Challenges: Other
Project Source: User
Profile Completion: 90%

Project Overview

Located in northern China in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, the project utilises a well-suited location to harness solar power. The project includes the installation of approximately 168,000 solar cell modules. The total installed capacity is 40.3 MW and it provides 56,000 MWh of clean electricity to the North West China Power Grid (NWPG) every year, displacing the power generated predominantly in coal-fired plants.

This amount of electricity is enough to sustainably supply …

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Located in northern China in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, the project utilises a well-suited location to harness solar power. The project includes the installation of approximately 168,000 solar cell modules. The total installed capacity is 40.3 MW and it provides 56,000 MWh of clean electricity to the North West China Power Grid (NWPG) every year, displacing the power generated predominantly in coal-fired plants.

This amount of electricity is enough to sustainably supply approximately 40,000 Chinese households for a year.

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Basin and/or Contextual Conditions: Other
Project Benefits: Raised awareness of challenges among local authorities
Indirect or Direct Beneficiaries: Ecosystems, Other utilities
Months & Implementing: More than 3 years
Financial Resources: More than $500,000 USD
Primary Funding Source: Pool funding (i.e., joint funding of several partners)
Challenges: Other

Project Narrative

Since market reforms in the late 1970s, China‘s development has been rapid with the economy growing 10% almost every year. The country is now the 2nd largest economy in the world and the biggest contributor to global growth. This growth has pulled around 800 million people out of poverty. However, it has also brought about some new major concerns for the country. The energy demand today is 3.5 times higher than in 1990 and is largely met through coal, making China renowned for it‘s poor air quality. According to the Ministry of Environmental Protection, only 8 out of 74 major cities in China met the national standard for clean air in 2014 and the IEA predicts that the average life expectancy in China is reduced by 25 months as a result of poor air quality. Though the Chinese government has shown efforts to try and tackle air pollution for a long time, this is becoming an increasingly diffi cult task. China‘s best option to increase sustainability whilst still supporting it‘s economy is to increase the use of renewable energy sources. In 2016, the IEA measured China‘s installed power generation capacity and found that 20% is met with hydropower and a further 9% with wind power. Solar power is lower with a total capacity of 5% but there is potential to harness more power from this in northern, eastern and parts of south-eastern China.

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