The Baofeng Group is building a 1 GW solar park in the Binhe New District on the eastern banks of the Yellow River, Ningxia Province. The solar park hosts a goji berry plantation. Around 640 MW have so far been grid-connected. Huawei is providing the inverters for the project.
In this enormous project, the company is combining PV power generation with the production of goji berries, which are an ingredient in traditional Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Japanese medicine.
A spokesperson from Chinese inverter maker Huawei, which is providing its products for the project, told pv magazine that the Baofeng Group began managing 107 square kilometers of desertified land in the area 2014, and that it initially planted alfalfa to improve the soil. The perennial flowering plant was then removed to enable the construction of the solar plants and, upon its completion, goji berries were planted underneath the panels. “This helped resume goji farming in the region, which in turn revived an otherwise dead expanse of desert,” the spokeperson said.
The first 640 MW section of the project, which relies on 13,000 Huawei smart string inverters, was grid-connected under China’s feed-in program for solar energy in 2016. According to Huawei, the facility was built in a sustainable way.