The Tibetan Plateau is the highest plateau in the world, with an average elevation of over 4,500 meters. And soon it will be home to the world’s most elevated solar power plant.
SunTech Power Holdings will be setting up a plant in the region, which will provide an estimated 20,000 mega watt hours (MWh) of energy to the surrounding region each year. Previously, the region relied mainly on hydroelectric energy to provide much of its power.
“With intense sunlight and cool temperatures, Tibet is extremely well suited for the utilisation of advanced photovoltaic technology,” explained SunTech CEO Dr Zhengrong Shi.
Once completed the plant will be located more than 4,000 meters above sea level. No word yet on when the completion date is expected to be.