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Inner Mongolia has room for 1-billion-kW new energy capacity

2022-08-29 (chinadaily.com.cn)

Inner Mongolia still has more than 1 billion kilowatts of new energy to develop, according to information from the region's energy bureau.

Situated on the northern border of China, Inner Mongolia autonomous region is rich in wind energy and solar energy resources and is one of the country's most important clean energy development bases.

Judging from the latest wind and solar resource investigation, Inner Mongolia's wind energy resources account for about 57 percent of the country's total, and its solar energy resources account for about 21 percent of the total.

In recent years, Inner Mongolia has been adhering to the national clean energy development strategy and continuously optimizing and adjusting its energy structure.

The scale of new energy installed capacity in the region has grown rapidly.

As of the end of July this year, Inner Mongolia’s new energy installed capacity had reached 56.7 million kW, a year-on-year increase of 8.1 percent and accounting for 35.8 percent of the region's total power installed capacity.

The region's new energy power generation was 74.5 billion kWh, an increase of 6 percentage points year-on-year and accounting for 20.4 percent of the region's total power generation.

Considering restrictive conditions such as ecological red lines and land and grassland resource reservation and protection, Inner Mongolia will focus on the development of new energy projects in the Gobi and desert areas.

China has already approved a plan to construct large-scale new energy bases in two batches in Inner Mongolia.

The first batch will have a total installed capacity of 20.2 million kW and will be completed and connected to the grid by the end of 2023.

The second batch will have a total installed capacity of 11.88 million kW.