China is planning the world’s largest wind farm, a facility so huge it could power the whole of Norway.
Chaozhou – a city in China’s Guangdong province – has revealed ambitious plans for a 43.3 gigawatt facility in the Taiwan Strait.
Operating between 75 and 185 kilometres offshore, the 10km long farm will feature thousands of powerful turbines.
Because of the windy location, these turbines will be able to run between 43 per cent and 49 per cent of the time.
Work on the project will start before 2025, the province says. Once completed, it will eclipse the world’s current largest wind farm. The title is currently held by the Jiuquan Wind Power base in China, a massive site with a 20 gigawatt capacity.

The facility will have 43.3 gigawatts of power-generating capability. But how much is that really? A gigawatt is one billion watts and it takes around 3 million solar panels to generate one gigawatt of power. One gigawatt could power 100 million LEDs, or 300,000 average European homes.

So China’s new facility could be capable of powering 4.3 billion LED lights, or 13 million homes.

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