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China's Mega-Bases of Wind and Solar Power Are Slow to Build

Published: 6.27.2023

China is the world's leader in renewable energy generation capacity, but its most ambitious wind and solar projects are taking longer to build than expected.

The Chinese government has set an ambitious target of installing 1,200 gigawatts of wind and solar power by 2025, with mega-bases playing a crucial role in achieving this goal. However, progress on these massive wind and solar farms has been slower than expected.

According to the Global Energy Monitor, only one out of the four major mega-bases planned for installation in the desert is currently under construction. Several factors have contributed to this slow progress. One key challenge is the remote locations of these projects, making transportation of materials and workers to the sites difficult. Additionally, the process of obtaining government approval for such projects can be time-consuming.

Despite these challenges, China remains committed to the development of mega-bases. The government has expressed its intention to continue investing in these projects, aiming to have at least 10 mega-bases operational by 2025.

Completion of the mega-bases would mark a significant milestone in China's pursuit of renewable energy. These projects would bolster the country's clean energy capacity and reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. However, there are concerns about their environmental impact, particularly regarding wildlife and local water supplies.

Nonetheless, China is forging ahead with its plans, viewing mega-bases as integral to its long-term objective of achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.

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