China’s State Power Investment Corporation has given the go-ahead for what could be the world’s largest onshore wind farm, a 6 gigawatt (GW) subsidy-free behemoth set to be developed in Mongolia and which will help power the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
The 6 GW Ulanqab Wind Power Base, which will be funded and built by the State Power Investment Corporation, was given approval by the Wulanchabu Municipal Development and Reform Commission on December 29. The project is set to be built in Siziwangqi, Wulanchabu City, in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, and will be built over 3,800 square-kilometers at a total investment of 42.544 billion yuan ($6.3 billion).
“After the project is put into production, it can transport about 18.9 billion kWh of green electricity to the Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei region every year to help air pollution control in Beijing and surrounding areas and the 2022 Winter Olympics,” the State Power Investment Corporation explained in their press release (Chinese).
It’s worth noting that it is likely the project will end up looking more like a portfolio of wind projects rather than a single 6 GW wind farm — more in the line of MidAmerican Energy’s Wind XI project in Iowa.
The news also comes hot on the heels (although it preceded it by over a week) of China’s plans to build subsidy-free wind and solar farms across the country in an effort to support the technologies’ efforts to reach grid parity.
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.