Smart and Getting Smarter:
China’s View of the Future
of PV Power Plants
As the country seeks to install energy generation
capacity at lightning pace, China is looking at how
smart technologies in large solar PV plants can help save
time and money while increasing energy production.
At 1-GW this solar
PV project in Yanchi,
Ningxia, China is the
largest in the world.
JEFF YAN, CONTRIBUTOR
As the private sector increasingly takes on the task of installing
solar PV in China, growth is happening quickly. Last year China
installed more solar capacity than any other country in the
world at 34 GW, beating the US’s 14 GW and Europe’s 6. 9 GW.
Neck and neck with the growth of PV is the growing
use of digitization within the power industry. Manufactur-
ers are installing cloud-connected sensors on equipment so
that it can be remotely analyzed and controlled. And as this
“internet of things,” or IOT,
becomes ubiquitous in the
power industry, so too will
smart power plants.
At the intersection of IOT
and solar PV is the “smart
PV power plant,” a concept
that the government of China
would like to see implemented across the country,