Chint Solar has won an award in the ‘Sustainable land management’ category at UNIDO Global Call for Innovative Solutions in Cleantech and Sustainable Land Management 2021. The jury valued Chint Solar’s Kubuqi project in Inner Mongolia for its combination of sand control, grass planting, breeding and power generation paired with the clear and demonstrated impact on soils.
The 310MW desert photovoltaic power station in Kubuqi, Inner Mongolia was jointly invested by Chint Solar and Elion Resources Group. The project was started at the historical background of desertification control in China. The Kubuqi project is the first solar desert project in China and is recognized as a landmark project for realizing renewable energy projects in such challenging environment.
Chint Solar created a new model featuring sand control, farmland cultivation, husbandry, power generation and poverty alleviation. The area of afforestation and sand stabilization is amongst other planted with forage grasses which are resistant to cold, drought, salt and alkali. The drip irrigation under plastic film, the infiltrating irrigation, and other water-saving equipment and technology led to a survival rate of vegetation above 90% and resulted in desertification control and obvious greening effects. The model can now be replicated all over the world.
Besides producing around 14 billion kWh over the 25-year operation period and reducing the CO2 emission by more than 7 million tonnes, 3.000 jobs were created during construction. The project will continue to promote the economic development of the residents around the project site over the project lifetime. The Kubuqi project is a good example that commercial interests can be combined with social and ecological responsibility.
Catalyst for future solar energy projects
Oliver Schweininger, CEO of Chint Solar Europe, reacts: “I am very proud that Chint Solar has won the award for such an innovative project. In order to ensure a smooth and rapid energy transition globally, the solar industry in general needs to make most efficient use of available land considering the local needs of people living in the region. With the 310MW Kubuqi solar desert project Chint Solar was able to proof that power generation can be successfully combined with social and ecological responsibility. Such landmark projects will further improve the acceptance of solar around the world and will motivate policy makers to introduce subsidy schemes for such holistic projects.”