China’s Solar Hot Water Capacity Will Soon be Equivalent to 40 Nuclear Plants

China’s Solar Hot Water Capacity Will Soon be Equivalent to 40 Nuclear Plants

  • A solar water heater in China costs less than $200. Without one, a family wanting hot water would have to buy an electric water heater for about the same price and pay up to $120 per year for electricity. The payback is almost instantaneous.
  • By relying on the sun, the citizens of Rizhao have cut carbon dioxide emissions by almost 53 thousand tons per year. Air quality has remained much better than in most urban areas of China, luring foreign investors and increasing tourism.
  • Experts project that by 2010 the number of solar water heaters installed in China will equal the thermal equivalent of the electrical capacity of 40 large nuclear power plants. Globally, solar water heaters have the capacity to produce as much energy as more than 140 nukes.

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Solar collectors installed on the rooftops.

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