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China Brings World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Online

The state-owned Power Construction Corp. of China has brought a 5-GW solar power plant into commercial operation, with the project taking over as the world’s largest operating photovoltaic (PV) facility.

The solar park, which entered service on June 3, is located in a desert area of the northwestern China province of Xinjiang, near the provincial capital of Urumqi. It sits on about 200,000 hectares (494,000 acres). The new facility surpasses the generation capacity of the world’s next two largest solar farms: the 3-GW Ningxia Tenggeli, built by Longyuan Power Group, and the 3-GW Golmud Wutumeiren, built by China Lufa Qinghai New Energy. Both those facilities also are in western China.

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