June 26, 2009

China Puts Focus On Wind Energy

According to a senior Chinese official, China is planning to build a wind farm in its northwest region that will generate as much energy as Three Gorges Dam by 2020.

The installation will expand the Gansu province's wind power base to more than 20 gigawatts, increasing wind based energy 10 fold, said Feng Jianshen, vice governor of Gansu province.

"Gansu will have built a 'Three Gorges on the land' by then," he told the AFP, referring to the nation's 23-billion-dollar dam on the Yangtze River.

Three Gorges, the world's largest hydro-electrical project in the world, currently has a capacity of 18.2 gigawatts, but will soon be increased to 22.4 gigawatts when six additional generators are completed.

China, which is one of the world's largest contributors of greenhouse gas emissions, depends on coal for nearly 70 percent of its energy consumption.

The government has aimed to rely on cleaner energy sources to power its quickly growing economy.

China has made its first priority wind power, and has set a target to install 100 gigawatts of wind power capacity by 2020.

The goal will likely make China the world's fastest growing market for wind energy technology.

Last year, Zhang Guobao, head of China's National Energy Administration, said the Chinese government was hoping to build several large wind power facilities by 2020.

They will likely be built in the Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang, Gansu, and Jiangsu regions.