China’s first power plant run by sugarcane leaves has been put into operation in south China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, according to the Chinese media.

The factory, which uses 200,000t of agricultural waste including sugarcane leaves and tree barks to generate electricity every year, started production in Liucheng County last week, reports China Daily.

The station has an annual capacity of 180 million kilowatt hours and can cut the emission of 100,000t of carbon dioxide, 600t of sulfur dioxide, and 400t of dust compared to coal-fired power plants with the same efficiency.

The plant owners buy sugarcane leaves from farmers at a price of 120 yuan per ton, according to the news report.

It is believed Guangxi has eight million tons of usable sugarcane leaves every year, which can provide materials for about 38 such plants.