Solar and wind power to ease Tibet’s power shortages

The center has been dedicated to developing and applying solar photovoltaic generation and winder power generation for years. Tibet enjoys more solar power resources than any other area in China, with an average of 3,000 hours of sunshine per year.

Moreover, Tibet ranks seventh in China in wind power storage with the annual reserve of 9.3 billion kwh. Related science and technology departments in Tibet have focused on the application of such solar and wind power in order to spur on Tibet’s economic growth.

Tibet has made 200,000 solar power cookers and built 100 solar and wind power plants. In line with the complementarity of solar and wind power, the center will make the best use of the clean energy so as to ensure the continuity of power generation, especially in winter.

Tibet’s Nagqu to build new power station using wind power, solar energy

The government of Nagqu Prefecture in northern Tibet plans to build this year another power station using wind power and solar energy as its energy source, with a generating capacity of 50 kw, according to Tibet Business.

Upon completion, the station will be the largest of its kind in Tibet and will supply electricity to 50 households for daily use, according to the Energy Research Pilot Center of Tibet Autonomous Region.

To solve the problem of electricity for farmers and herders in remote rural areas, in 2000, the Tibet Regional Government built Tibet’s first power station driven by wind power and solar energy in Lou Town, Nagqu County, according to Ciren Pingcuo, a staff with the center.

Today, there are seven such power stations in the region, providing electricity for 5,000 households of farmers and herders for domestic consumption.

The power generating system consists of generators driven by wind power and solar energy panels. During night time or on cloudy and rainy days, electricity would be generated by wind power. On sunny days, it will operate with the solar energy. While on a sunny and windy day, the two types of energy can work simultaneously.

Located about 4,500 meters above sea level, the Nagqu area receives more than 2,800 hours of sunshine each year.

As farmers and herders live scattered in rural areas, the wind power and solar energy power-generating system can distribute electricity capacity more reasonably in accordance with users’ need as well as resources.

In addition, such a system can ensure the reliability of electricity supply and help reduce the cost of installing power generating systems.

The new power station will be built in Geduo Village, Lu Town in Nagqy County, said Ciren Pingcuo. The village has 43 households with 169 residents. The completion of the project will meet the needs of all the households for electricity.