All around the world, towns, cities and entire countries are proving it is possible to run on clean, green energy. The latest to do so is the Qinghai Province in China, which powered itself entirely from energy sourced from solar, wind and hydropower for an entire week.
Science Alert reports that the province, which is home to five million people, generated the renewable energy equivalent of 535,000 tons of coal. This was accomplished without all the carbon emissions which are propelling climate change.
The trial was conducted by the State Grid Corporation of China which sought to prove that fossil fuels aren’t a necessary component to powering the world. Between June 17 and Midnight on June 23, the province sourced 100% of its power from clean energy. All in all, 72.3 percent was obtained from hydropower and the rest was derived from sources such as solar and wind.
The people of Qinghai ended up consuming 1.1 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity during the week. It is important to note that the figures have not been independently confirmed, and that the information is primarily obtained from as state-run news agency. If they can be validated, however, the figures will verify that a large populations can, indeed, power themselves with renewable energy sources.
As was noted above, hydropower played a big role in allowing the province to subsist on clean energy for a week. It helped that the Laxiwa hydropower station, which generates 10.2 billion kWh annually, is located nearby. The Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, which is now the largest solar farm in the world, also supplied clean energy.
The Qinghai province may very well become one of the first places on Earth to power itself completely from renewable energy sources long-term, as a large amount of power is already obtained from green sources. The province’s power grid has an installed capacity of 23.4 million kilowatts (kW), 82.8 percent of which is obtained from sources such as hydropower, solar and wind.
Plans for more renewable sources are already gaining momentum. By 2020, the province seeks to boost wind and solar capacity to 35 million kW and apply 110 billion kWh of clean power every year to areas in eastern and central China.
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