A unit of China Three Gorges Corp. is building a 1 billion yuan (£113 million) floating solar power plant, the world’s biggest, in the nation’s eastern province of Anhui. China Three Gorges New Energy started building the 150-megawatt project in July and part of the plant has connected to the grid, according to a 10 December statement. The project features panels fixed to floats on the surface of a lake that formed after a coal mine collapsed, according to the unit. The entire facility is expected to come online by May 2018. Floating solar is getting bigger in China, where ground-mounted projects aren’t used to full capacity because of grid congestion. About 5.6 per cent of solar power generation was i dled in the first three quarters, according to data from the National Energy Administration. Before construction of China Three Gorges’ plant, China’s biggest commissioned floating solar project was a 40-megawatt farm by Sungrow Power Supply in the same province, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
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