China built the world’s largest floating solar power plant. And (ironically) they built it on top of a flooded coal mine in Huainan, China.
It reportedly features 166,000 solar panels and pumps out 40 megawatts — enough energy to power 15,000 homes. The mineralized water in the area made the space valueless, but Sunglow Power saw an opportunity for innovation.
A local government professional stated, “The plant not only makes full use of this area, reducing the demand for lands, but also improves generation due to the cooling effects of the surface.”
China is currently the largest producer of air pollution, creating nearly 27% of global greenhouse gas emissions. In 2013, 366,000 deaths were attributed to air pollution. But China is also the largest investor in clean energy and plans to spend $398 billion on clean energy by 2020. This solar power plant is one of many implementations that could help improve their air.