500 MW Chinese Wind Farm Begins Construction - To Be Completed 2010

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photo: Shave Gavin via flickr

Announced back in October 2008, the first phase of what will be a 1.5 GW wind farm outside of Jiuquan city, Gansu Province, China has begun. Being built by electric utility China Huaneng Group, the initial 500 MW is expected to come online in the first half of 2010, Cleantech reports:China Huaneng says that when this phase is completed it will reduce the nation's greenhouse gas emissions by 3.37 million tons per year.

Though the financial details of the project are being called "not disclosed" at this time, when the project was originally announced nearly a year ago a figure of $735 million was tossed around.

When the remaining gigawatt of the wind farm is to be completed is up in the air.

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In addition to this 1.5 GW wind farm, some of China Huaneng Group's other renewable energy investments include what will be China's largest solar power plant: A 166 MW solar power project in Yunnan Province.

China Huaneng Group has the goal of have 10 GW of renewable energy in their portfolio by the end of 2010.

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