N. China region strives to build
more wind power plants
Apr 20, 2009 - Xinhua
The wind power, once used only by herdsmen for
cooking and lighting, will spread from remote
cottages to the vast countryside in north China's
Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
An official of the regional government said Monday
that wind power installed capacity of Inner Mongolia
will reach 5 million kilowatts by 2010.
"Wind power-installed capacity reached 3
million kilowatts in 2008 in the Inner Mongolia,
accounting for one-third of that of the country's
total," said Zhao Shuanglian, vice chairman
of the autonomous region, at a ceremony for the
region's first 850-kW wind power generator was
successfully produced in Hohhot, capital of Inner
There are about 4,000 large, three-blade turbines
that generate electricity in Inner Mongolia, said
Ya Saning, director of the region's economic commission.
The official explained that the wind turbine is
about 70 meters high and the blade is around 30
China's total wind power-installed capacity increased
from 400,000 kilowatts in 2001, to the fifth highest
in the world of 10 million kilowatts in 2008, according
to a report of the National Development and Reform
Inner Mongolia, covering 1.18 million square kilometers
of land, has boasted 100 million kilowatts of wind
energy resources, with enormous white turbines
standing high to capture the strong winds from
the heartland of Mongolia and Siberia, according
He said that the region is striving to construct
wind power plants, the installed capacity of which
will be more than 10 million kilowatts, almost
half of that of the country's largest hydropower
project at the Three Gorges.
North China's Hebei Province will also construct
wind power plants with an installed capacity of
more than 10 million kilowatts as of 2020, said
Zhao Weidong, an official with the provincial Commission
of Development and Reform, in March.
Inner Mongolia and Hebei will exploit wind energy
earlier than other regions on the Chinese mainland.
"There are 16 companies producing wind power
equipments in the Inner Mongolia, and five of them
have started operation," said Zhao.
The total wind power-installed capacity of the
Inner Mongolia increased from 170,000 kilowatts
in 2005 to 3 million kilowatts in 2008.
Wind power has become a main force in China's
new energy development cause, said Lin Li, deputy
director of the regional Science and Technology
China's total wind power-installed capacity was
10 million kilowatts, 1.5 percent of country's
total installed electricity capacity as of 2008,
when the country became the world's fourth-largest
wind power market.