In Chinese Desert, Solar Park is an Oasis

March 5, 2021

6 Responses to “In Chinese Desert, Solar Park is an Oasis”

  1. ecoquant Says:

    The first 50 seconds is fluff … But the story is a good one. It also begs the question that, as much as the U.S. considers itself morally superior to China, when are its people going to start taking climate change seriously and really acting? As Bill McKibben indicated this week at The New Yorker, NIMBYism, particularly in the supposedly woke Northeast of the United States, is damping progress, on wind turbines and on solar energy. For example, a 360 acre project in New York State is being opposed by locals because “it’s too big”.

    Say what you want on China, and you can point to their continuing use of coal — as several U.S. states do and to Wyoming Senators complaining about the new nominated Secretary of Interior Haalund about her threat to coal — but at least they are building at scale. We’re wringing hands about jobs, and about trees, when the impacts of climate, should we fail to zero emissions by 2050 or 2060 will have devastating consequences for trees, environmental justice communities, wildlife, property values, jobs, and investments.

    • J4Zonian Says:

      Those people who oppose wind power strictly for reasons of NIMBYism and not imaginary other problems apparently prefer coal burning where that usually ends up–in the vicinity of poor people of color, who thus suffer much higher rates of every physical and mental disease imaginable. We need to end inequality in the US and begin to make amends to those our addiction has hurt.

  2. grindupbaker Says:

    Looks to be ~10 x 4-7 km but it’s irregular & gappy with extra bits. Suppose it’s 50 km**2 of ground that the panels put into shade & suppose they get 200 w/m**2 at the ground, with 22% eff. that’s 2.2 GW.

  3. rhymeswithgoalie Says:

    Sharing with livestock is useful, but I’m more excited about future large-scale farms that can grow crops partially shaded by solar panels.

    Also, remind me never to get a job assembling tall towers.

    • J4Zonian Says:


      Don’t ever get a job assembling tall towers. I’m tempted to offer videos of people standing on the nacelles of 5 MW wind turbines but won’t.


      Though I get that the images are worth putting this up, being talked to like one would a 3 year old makes me appreciate your videos even more.

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