Solar panels spread across the Tibetan Plateau near Golmud, China from November 4, 2015, to February 27, 2016. Images ©2016 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

From the Firehose: The Explosive Growth of Solar Power in China

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Mar 3, 2016 · 2 min read
Solar parks began to spread over the desert floor near Golmud in mid-June, 2013 (top). By early 2016, space between the scattered banks of solar panels filled in. 30-meter-per-pixel Landsat 8 satellite image based on data provided by NASA and the USGS. 3-meter-per-pixel Planet Labs image ©2016. cc-by-sa 4.0.
Growth of Golmund solar farms from November 2015 through February 2016. The shifting angle between sun, solar panel, and satellite result in subtle (and not-so-subtle) changes in panel colors. Images ©2016 Planet Labs, Inc. cc-by-sa 4.0.

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