China begins building world’s largest hydro-solar hybrid power station


According to CGTN, China has started to build Kela photovoltaic power station, which is a part of the biggest hydro-solar hybrid power station in the world. The facility is expected to have an installed capacity of 1 million kilowatts.

Located in Yajiang County, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Garze, Sichuan Province, Kela photovoltaic power station will connect to the Lianghekou hydropower plant with a total installed capacity of 3 million kilowatts, making it the world’s largest hydro-solar hybrid power station.

Power generation of photovoltaic power stations highly relies on sunlight and good weather conditions, as power fluctuates between day and nights and along with other weather events. The hydropower station can help maintain stability in the solar power supply to provide stable clean electricity.

The size of Kela photovoltaic power station is about 16 square kilometers, equivalent to 80 Beijing's National Stadiums, "Bird's Nest." The station is scheduled to go into operation 2023.

Qi Ningchun, chairman of the Yalong River Hydropower Development Co. Ltd, said that the power plant will produce 2 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of clean electricity each year, and reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 1.6 million tonnes.

Currently, the hydro-solar power station with highest capacity is the Longyangxia hydro-solar power station. The total output is 2.13 million kilowatts, with 850,000 kilowatts of solar power and 1.28 million kilowatts of hydropower.

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