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North China blows fresh air into renewables zones

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

08-03-2015 16:54 BJT

By Tom McGregor, freelancer based in Beijing

While the Chinese economy has been surging over the years, so has its pollution. Yet, when a nation has enjoyed booming development, a soaring manufacturing base and rapid urbanization, some pollution would be an inevitable consequence.

Nevertheless, Beijing is shifting gears to enter a different stage of the domestic economy, which has been dubbed the ‘New Normal.’ Beforehand, the Chinese government had favored super high economic growth rates at the risk of higher pollution.

But now, China has risen to a status as the world’s 2nd largest economy. Chinese President Xi Jinping is creating a more sustainable development model that addresses ecological concerns to balance its economic growth.

The cities of Beijing and Tianjin along with the neighboring Hebei Province in North China will embark on further development of renewables as a Clean Energy resource.

Renewables spread its wings over North China

Last week, the State Council (China’s Cabinet) approved renewables energy demonstration zones in North China. Zhangjiakou, Hebei which will co-host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games alongside Beijing, would benefit from government subsidies and investments in order to build a true-to-life ‘Renewables Energy City.’

Zhangjiakou, located 200km northwest of Beijing, hopes to build an entire Olympics’ Village zone that relies solely on renewables for electricity. The scenic mountainous city has a bold plan, but it’s rich in wind and solar resources.

“The city will have a total installation capacity up to 20 million KW to become the country’s leading comprehensive innovation base for the use of renewable energy by 2020,” Guo Junfeng, a member of Zhangjiakou City Development Commission, told China.org news.

Going big for wind power

Zhangjiakou deserves to be recognized as a model Green Energy City, since experts believe it has over 6,000 hours of effective wind and 3,000 hours of sunshine annually. The local area has attracted over 30 large new energy enterprises and wind power equipment manufacturers.

The city plans to expand the Fengdianzhiqing wind farm. The Spanish-based company, Gamesa has signed a contract last May to supply 100MW of wind turbines to HCIG, which is in charge of the wind farm, according to the ReNews Website.

Gamesa is scheduled to deliver 50 697-2MW wind turbines during the third quarter this year. The Spanish firm is responsible for supplying, installing and commissioning the wind turbines with the full project completed by the end of the year.

Gamesa is the largest wind operator in Hebei Province and ranks in the top 10 in China.

A journey to the Green Silk Road

China’s grand initiative – ‘One Belt, One Road’ or new Silk Road– drives to encourage greater cooperation among nations and regions in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe. A 30 billion RMB Green Investments fund, which is connected to the project, had started last March.

The Green Ecological Silk Road Investment Fund would support solar panel construction, clean energy and ecological remediation in China and countries in the surrounding region.

The initial investors of the fund are: Elion Reources, China Oceanwide, Chint Group, Hulguan Juice. Macrolink, June Yao, Pingan Bank and Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco City.

“Utilizing the Public-Private Partnership mode, we are willing to promote green investments along the Belt,” Chairman Wang Wengbiao of Elion Resources told Eco-Business News.

Plans are underway to invest 5 billion RMB of capital to establish a solar panel industrial chain in the Beijing-Zhangjiakou renewables corridor.

Going green for profits and clean air

Smog has plagued North China for a number of years. Such air conditions are not only unpleasant, but also unhealthy for residents. However, Beijing appears to be paying more than lip service to the environmental movement.

By encouraging the development of renewables, North China can turn a page and usher in more fresh air for a change, while Zhangjiakou is leading the way.

 

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