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Sinopec opens first fuel station fully powered by solar panels

China oil giant Sinopec has started operating its first petrol station where solar panels can fully meet its power needs, as the company pushes ahead in its quest to become a renewable powerhouse.

The energy needs of the station in Changzhou, East China’s Jiangsu Province, are fully met by the installation of solar panels.

The rooftop panels can reduce up to 105.6 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually, according to a company press release. That’s more than the station’s total emissions - with any surplus power fed into external grids.

The Chinese company already runs about 160 solar plants in the country, and wants to become carbon-neutral 10 years ahead of China’s 2060 target.

Sinopec also wants to become China’s top hydrogen company with 1,000 hydrogen refuelling stations by 2025.