More green projects from Gobi in preparation

Workers move a photovoltaic panel for a solar power plant in Qinghai province. [Photo/Xinhua]

Construction of the second batch of massive wind and solar power projects in China’s Gobi Desert and other arid regions will begin soon, as the government has recently started accepting project applications for the second phase of the projects. renewable energy in the region amid the latest efforts to accelerate the planning and construction of large-scale wind and solar projects in the country.

The second phase of the wind and solar power projects will continue to focus on the Gobi and other sandy and rocky areas. Companies are required to submit their project proposals to the National Energy Administration and the National Development and Reform Commission (China’s main economic regulator) by December 15, the quoted administration said. by the China Securities Journal.

The administration said the second phase of the projects should be able to begin construction in 2022, and begin operations and be connected to the grid by 2023, and no later than 2024 for those restricted by external conditions.

The scale of individual units should not be less than 100 million kilowatts and for consortia participating in the project, participants should not be more than two, he said.

An analyst said as the costs of wind and solar projects gradually decrease, the huge wind and solar installations in the country’s Gobi and other desert areas will further facilitate the country’s ambition to reach more than 1,200 gigawatts of solar capacity. and wind turbine installed by 2030.

Luo Zuoxian, head of intelligence and research at Sinopec Economic and Development Research Institute, said that regions with abundant solar and wind resources, including Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, the region Autonomous Region of Ningxia Hui, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and Qinghai Province, is expected to take the lead in the development of clean energy in China.

With the falling costs of wind turbines and photovoltaic systems, it is believed that clean energy development in China will further accelerate to ensure that the country sees its non-fossil fuels account for 25% of the total energy consumption of China. China by the end of 2030, Luo said. .

Wei Hanyang, electricity market analyst at research firm BloombergNEF, said that the development of renewable energy projects in the desert will depend heavily on the construction of cables connected to the grid, since the locations of the power plants are not available. often not near the main network.

China is working on a massive renewable energy project, with its first phase including 100 GW of wind and solar power in the desert having recently been launched.

Companies like oil giant China National Petroleum Corp, the top five national power producers State Power Investment Corp, and the world’s largest refiner China Petrochemical Corp, are all making plans to develop clean energy projects in the Gobi and other arid regions of China.

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