Greentech Lead Asia: Hanwha Group, a Korean business
group, has completed a solar photovoltaic (PV) plant at Baijitan National
Nature Reserve of Lingwu City, Ningxia, China. The plant is dedicated to assist
rehabilitating land degradation, combating desertification and mitigating
drought effects in the Baijitan Nature Reserve.
Hanwha SolarOne has manufactured the plant and provided
technical training needed to manage and operate the facility. The 80kWh solar
PV project is expected to power a 3,200-square-meter greenhouse in the Baijitan
“The project that Hanwha Group and Hanwha SolarOne
have granted to the Baijitan Nature Reserve will benefit the local people, help
the local community and improve the local environment,” “It is also a
successful pilot of a public-private partnership program that other affected
countries and regions can learn from and follow in-kind,” said Youlin
Yang, coordinator of Regional Coordination Unit for Asia Pacific Region of
The installation was completed with support of the United
Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the State Forestry
Administration and Forestry Department of Ningxia Hui autonomous Region.
Hanwha’s cooperation with Ningxia and the UNCCD is the
first public-private partnership which offers a framework for sustainable and
long-term solutions to fighting desertification.
“Hanwha Group has long been committed to creating a
brighter future, and it is our honor and mission to provide substantive support
to combating desertification through clean, sustainable solar energy, in
partnership with the UNCCD,” said Ki-Joon Hong, CEO of Hanwha SolarOne.