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China Bans Floating Solar, Wind Projects – China Dialogue

China’s Ministry of Water Resources says “wind and solar energy projects must not be built on rivers, lakes and reservoirs,” while renewable projects near water bodies should be strictly controlled


Solar panels are seen at a floating solar plant in Huaibei, Anhui province, on April 24, 2018. Photo: China Daily via Reuters.

 

China’s Ministry of Water Resources has said “wind and solar energy projects must not be built on rivers, lakes and reservoirs,” while renewable projects built near water bodies should be strictly controlled, a report by China Dialogue said, citing directions in a “guiding opinion” on strengthening management of rivers, lakes and their banks that the ministry issued on May 25.

The ministry’s order, which has become a hot topic in the solar sector, “is designed to protect the hydrological integrity of water bodies in playing their flood management role,” the report said, adding that solar and wind projects can obstruct the steady flow of water, as well as damage river banks and dikes.

Read the full report: China Dialogue.

 

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Jim Pollard

Jim Pollard is an Australian journalist based in Thailand since 1999. He worked for News Ltd papers in Sydney, Perth, London and Melbourne before travelling through SE Asia in the late 90s. He was a senior editor at The Nation for 17+ years and has a family in Bangkok.

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