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China’s Shandong to Build Massive Solar Farms Out to Sea

The coastal province plans to add enough offshore solar panels by 2025 to power New Zealand

Photovoltaic panels stand in a floating solar farm on the outskirts of Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China.

Photovoltaic panels stand in a floating solar farm on the outskirts of Ningbo, Zhejiang Province, China.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

A single region in China plans to build enough solar farms off its eastern seaboard to power New Zealand.

Shandong province, the industrial hub south of Beijing, issued a tender on Thursday for the construction of 10 offshore solar plants in the seas surrounding China’s largest peninsula by 2025. The capacity planned is 11.25 gigawatts, more than peak consumption in New Zealand.