Two Chinese companies have announced plans to build a solar photovoltaic power plant in northwestern China that will eventually supply 1,000 megawatts of electric power.

China Technology Development Group Corp and Qinghai New Energy Group will begin building the first stage –  a 30 megawatt solar power station – in China’s Qaidam Basin this year with an initial investment of $150 million. No timeframe for completion of the full project has yet been announced.

The largest solar photovoltaic plants currently operating are the 60 megawatt Parque Fotovoltaico Olmedilla de Alarcon and the 30 megawatt Parque Solar Merida/Don Alvaro, both completed in September 2008 in Spain. American companies Optisolar and PG&E have announce plans to construct a 550 megawatt photovoltaic power station in California.