Chinese Province Runs On 100% Renewable Energy For 7 Days

China has set yet another landmark with renewable energy generation. From the 17th June to the 23rd June 2017, 100% of energy was provided by renewable energy to power the demand in The Qinghai Province as part of a trial conducted by the State Grid Corporation of China.

In the trial, the entire province, located in Northwest China, generated 100% of the energy needed to power the province with clean energy sources, including solar, wind and hydro to a population of around 5 million people. The trial was designed to prove the lack of need for fossil fuels.

Quan Shenming, General Manager of Qinghai Electric Power Corporation (QEPC), said: “Being the first trial of this kind in the country and a major step in the transformation of energy supply, it will be of great importance in promoting the use of clean energy in China in a sustainable and effective way.”

In total, throughout the seven-day period, 1.1 billion kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity was used. Roughly equating to 535,000 tonnes of coal use. Wind and Solar power provided 28.7% of the energy sources with Hydro being the big hitter with 72.3% of the electricity.

Han Ti, Vice General Manager of Qinghai Electric Power Corporation (QEPC), said: “Clean energy is the ultimate way. We need to reduce reliance on fossil fuel, improve our energy structure, and reduce carbon emissions,”.

According to the National Energy Administration (NEA), China is planning to invest heavily in renewable energy by 2020 by investing 2.5 trillion yuan (£282 million), creating over 13 million jobs.