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International REC Standard (I-REC): Guazhou Solar

Stimulating sustainable energy growth in China by harnessing solar energy to power 42,000 households and generate 150,000 I-RECs each year

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Project overview

  • Region: Asia

  • Project type: Renewable energy

  • Standards: I-REC, VCS

The Guazhou Solar project is a grid-connected solar photovoltaic power plant with installed capacity of more than 100 MW, located in Gansu Province in the north of China. The purpose of the project is to generate clean, renewable energy for the North West power grid, which is connected to the other regional grids of China. This is one example of a range of projects registered under the International REC Standard (I-REC) - the emerging tracking instrument for corporate Scope 2 reporting for electricity consumption outside North America and Europe. These certificates can be purchased by corporates looking to address Scope 2 emissions with a 100% renewable energy claim.

Sustainable Impacts
  • Energy access
  • Job creation
  • Energy Access: The Chinese power sector is rapidly expanding, primarily based on coal-fired power plants with the associated greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. However, China is also leading new installations in solar power generating capacity, and projects such as this are fundamental in stimulating China’s transition to sustainable energy consumption. 
  • Job creation: This project has contributed to the local economy and livelihood of residents through the creation of jobs for both full-time operational roles, as well as temporary positions required for planning and construction. A total 25 full-time staff are employed for the operation of the project.

This project generates roughly 150,000 MWh of electricity per year, using a local renewable energy source.

Through clean energy generation, the project is delivering 120,000 tCO2 e of emissions reductions every year.