Qinghai, the sparsely populated province in northwest, is attempting to set a record for clean energy use, serving as a test bed for the entire country.
The province, which is home to the headwaters of the Yangtze and Yellow rivers, aims to use only electricity generated from renewable sources, including hydroelectric power, for its population of about 6 million over a 15-day period starting June 9, State Grid Qinghai Electric Power Co. said Wednesday. That would top the nine-day record set last year by the province.
The move will “create a new example of energy transition in Qinghai,” general manager Qi Taiyuan said in a statement.
The Qinghai move is “like a stress test,” said Tian Miao, an analyst at Everbright Sun Hung Kai Co. “It wants to see how an increase in solar and wind power use will affect grids under extreme circumstances, and what can be done.”
Amid Beijing’s call to shift to renewable energy, Qinghai’s clean power use reached 78% of total energy consumption last year, up 13 percentage points from the year before, according to the National Energy Administration.