The first HCPV plant developed by a company of non-Chinese origin has been built in the Qinghai province. Isofoton's 100kWp facility is located on the outskirts of the town of Golmud which receives over 7kWh/m2 a day of direct solar radiation in an area with very little rain.
High concentration PV is a new yet already successfully proven technology by Isofoton that is capable of generating up to 50% more energy than conventional PV systems. To achieve this, HCPV systems must be installed under specific site conditions such as those existing in Golmud. Some nations like China, United States and Italy are betting strongly on this new promising technology which is capable of generating more energy at less cost, as well as creating jobs and wealth in areas of the globe where it is not possible to do so by other means.
The plant will be capable of producing over 220MWh per year, managed by local provider GD Solar and capable of providing over 200,000 residents of the area with electricity.