The Green Gentleman.
As part of a trial by the State Grid Corporation of China, the Qinghai Province, located in Northwest China, has successfully run on 100 per cent renewable energy for seven continuous days.
The trial took place 17 June to 23 June, and it saw the province generate all its energy through renewable means such as solar, wind and hydro power.
The Qinghai province currently has a population of 6 million people, and local reports say that the goal of the trial was to prove that fossil fuels will not be required in the future to generate energy.
Quan Shenming, General Manager of Qinghai Electric Power Corporation, a subsidiary of State Grid Corporation, said: “Being the first trial of this kind in the country and a major step in the transformation of energy supply, it will be of great importance in promoting the use of clean energy in China in a sustainable and effective way.”
During the trial period electricity use was 1.1 billion kilowatt hours (kWh), the equivalent of 535,000 tonnes of coal. Hydro power provided 72.3% of this energy, with solar and wind power making up the difference said Han Ti, Vice General Manager.
Han said: “Clean energy is the ultimate way. We need to reduce reliance on fossil fuel, improve our energy structure, and reduce carbon emissions.”
China plans to invest 2.5 trillion yuan ($366 billion) in renewable energy technologies by 2020, creating more than 13 million jobs, according to the National Energy Administration (NEA).
It’s safe to say that China have realised the error in their ways and are now rectifying their mistakes. Regardless of their carbon emissions in the past, we commend any country prioritising renewable energy over fossil fuels.
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