photo: David Schroeter
China continues to tap the estimated 101 GW wind power potential of Inner Mongolia. A month ago it was announced that China Power would be developing up to 1000 MW of wind power in the region. Now comes word that two more projects, for a combined capacity of 2.4 GW, are proceeding. The details are as follows:500 MW by 2010
The first announced project is a 500 MW wind farm, to be developed by China Huaneng Group. The $735 million project is expected to to be completed by 2010. No word on exact location.
1900 MW by ???
The bigger project, which unfortunately has even less detail available at this time, is a 1.9 GW wind farm in the Damaoqi region. Other than that the plan has been approved by the National Energy Board, that’s all there is right now. No word on when this project might be completed or costs.
Though China trails world leaders such as Germany and the United States in total installation, at this rate of expansion it could take the crown for greatest wind energy producer earlier than the previously estimated date of 2020.
Inner Mongolia is estimated to hold about half of China’s overall wind power potential.