A Korean business group has completed the donation of a photovoltaic plant that will help rehabilitate degrading land and combat desertification in the Baijitan National Nature Reserve of Lingwu City, Ningxia, China. Hanwha Group worked with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification and the State Forestry Administration on the project, marking the first time the convention has worked with a private company.
Located near the Southwest edge of the Mu Us Desert, Lingwu City has a fragile, arid ecosystem facing severe land degradation and desertification. The problem has intensified under the pressure of unsustainable development in past decades. With the partnership and support of the UNCCD, the Hanwha Group donated and installed an 80kWh solar PV generation facility, manufactured by Hanwha SolarOne, and provided technical training needed to manage and operate the facility.
The solar plant will power a 3,200-square-meter greenhouse in the Baijitan Nature Reserve. Hanwha’s cooperation with Ningxia and the UNCCD is a unique public-private partnership which offers a framework for sustainable and long-term solutions to fighting desertification.