Posted at 08:30h in Biomass EnergyIn only five years, China has come a long way in generating power from biomass energy sources. The country’s first biomass power plant came online only in December, 2006—the RMB 340 million Shanxian plant in China’s Shandong province. Since then dozens of other facilities have been commissioned. Biomass materials, particularly from agricultural wastes, are abundant as farmers are often able to receive higher prices for the residuals of their harvest at these new power plants than they are for the crops themselves. Although profit margins at these biomass plants remain slim, rising environmental concerns—as well as a nationwide push toward the application of more advanced technology—have prompted government subsidies to expand China’s power base.