Tibet is on a plateau 14,000 feet above sea level and so is closer to the sun than anywhere in the world. It has 3,000 hours of sunshine annually, with 185 kilocalorie per square centimeter of solar irradiation, the highest level in China.

Since the 1980s, Tibet has launched a series of projects for wider use of solar energy in its sparsely-populated region. It now owns China's largest solar power station with a capacity of 100 kilowatt, said Ou Xiaohua, deputy director of the regional Solar Energy Research Institute.

The development of solar energy has changed the life of local Tibetan herdsmen, who are now able to use electric light, receive radio and television in some regions and pump drinking water for both people and animals. The use of solar energy reduces consumption of wood which helps protect the fragile ecological system in the region.

TAF's SOLAR ENERGY Project. The use of clean energy resources, such as solar energy, will make a positive impact on traditional Tibetan life and protect the local environment.
  • Solar panels installed in the ChaZhu Valley clinic will be sufficient to provide electricity for all the appliances and equipment in the clinic, including refrigeration for medicines and sterilization of medical utensils.
    • Solar Water Heat System will provide sufficient warm/hot water for use at the clinic and for a bathing and a laundry facility for the community.
    • Solar Cookers can replace the traditional burning of yak dung, hay and firewood to cook food and boil water.
    • Solar Greenhouse. can utilize solar energy to grow medicinal herbs and nutritious vegetables in the clinic's demonstration garden/greenhouse.


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