China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection group has now completed one of the largest building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) installations in the world. The 6.68MW system is fully integrated into the awning at the Hongqiao high-speed railway station in Beijing, Shanghai, reports Design-BuildSolar.
The 160 million yuan (US$23.6m), system covers a total roof area of 61,000m2 with 20,000 solar panels, which have produced 300,000kWh of power since the project was completed in early July.
Yu Hailong, general manager of China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection group said, “As a pilot project, it will help stimulate the development of solar energy in China and promote the construction of more environmentally friendly railway stations.”
The Chinese government is also tendering for bids to develop 13 solar projects with a combined capacity of 280MW in the western regions. The move follows last year’s bidding for a 10MW solar power plant in Dunhuang, Gansu Province. The government has set a target to install 20GW of solar energy capacity by 2020.