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West China to Focus on Green Power Development

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 01/08/27; August 27, 2001.]

Power Report
Asia Pulse (August 27, 2001)

BEIJING, Aug 27 Asia Pulse - In addition to expanding urban and rural power grids, the western China area may also use renewable and green energy, such as small hydropower, wind power and solar power, experts suggest.

These green power sources may be scattered, but will gradually be connected into one green power grid.


Small Hydropower Resources

There are 1,300 rivers in Sichuan and 570 rivers in Xinjiang. Up to the present, only a small part of them have been exploited.


Wind Power Production

The Qinghai-Tibet Plateau boasts the richest wind power resources in China; Gansu, Xinjiang and the grassland of Inner Mongolia also abound in wind power resources.


Solar Energy Power Production

The amount of solar energy China's dry land receives is equal to 2.4 trillion tons of standard coal. Over two-thirds of the Chinese territory receive sunshine of over 2,000 hours a year. Tibet, Qinghai, Xinjiang, Gansu, Inner Mongolia and Ningxia all abound in solar energy resources.

These green power sources will not only help residents in remote mountainous areas out of poverty but also reduce the shares of polluting coal-fired power plants. (XIC)


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