China seeks energy projects with PH

Minister Liu Jianchao (2nd from left) of the International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee faces the media at a hotel in Taguig City on Sunday (Aug. 28, 2022). Liu said he wants to enhance relations with political parties in the Philippines. PNA PHOTO

CHINA, the world's biggest producer of hydro power and solar panels, wants closer renewable energy cooperation with the Philippines, a visiting ranking Chinese official said on Sunday.

Liu Jianchao, minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, has identified four “key priority” areas of cooperation that Beijing intends to further develop: agriculture, infrastructure, energy and people-to-people relations.

Liu, a former Chinese ambassador to Manila, is on a three-day visit to the Philippines.

“We are ready to work with the Philippines in energy sectors. We have the largest hydro power generation in the world,” he said.

China, he said, also intends to discuss “coal power plant financing” with the Philippine government since both countries support efforts to address climate change.

Liu said China also wants to help the Philippines develop solar energy. “We are the largest solar panel producer in the world,” he said.

Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian earlier said that China's first water surface photovoltaic project had begun its grid power generation.

Huang said the Xinghuo water surface photovoltaic demonstration site, China National Petroleum Corp.'s first such project, has started grid-connected power generation in Daqing, northeast China's Heilongjiang province.

The project has a construction area of 400,000 square meters and an installed capacity of 18.73 megawatts. It generates 27.5 million kilowatts of electricity per year and reduces 22,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

Huang said the photovoltaic project fulfills China's initiatives to develop green industrial structures and sustaining low-carbon energy supply systems.

“China's photovoltaic projects perfectly complement the country's push for solar energy, and other renewable energies, as solutions to a greener and better environment,” he said on Facebook.

“I'm glad that we continue to make waves in low-carbon energy supply. Looking forward to China meeting its green targets with these continued improvements,” he added.

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