China: 40-megawatt project floating solar project located above an abandoned coal mine

China: 40-megawatt project floating solar project located above an abandoned coal mine

China has installed a massive field of solar panels on a particularly poignant site: a lake formed by the collapse of abandoned coal mines.

Chinese leaders have said they're committed to steering their economy toward cleaner energy sources, not just for environmental reasons but also to secure investments and jobs in growing industries like solar and wind power and electric vehicles.

The 40-megawatt project, which was connected to the grid in mid-May, provides a powerful example of China's broader ambition to lead the world in clean energy development and the fight against climate change — goals that, until recently, were shared by the U.S. government.

Delegations from Japan, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, and beyond have visited the lake regularly to study the project while Sungrow, the project's developer, prepares to develop the solar technology to sell abroad, the Times reported.

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