Kubuqi Desert, Mongolia
The Chinese mega-solar park for the green turnaround: 600 square kilometers for 16 gigawatts
With this plant, China could eliminate 16 million tons per year of CO2 emissions, the equivalent of 3.5 million fewer cars on the roads.
In Mongolia's remote Kubuqi Desert, China is building one of the largest photovoltaic plants on the planet. An important step towards the transition to clean energy, but there is still a long way to go.
In the Dalat solar park a carpet of solar panels stretches as far as the eye can see. When finished, the plant will cover 600 square kilometers, for an investment of 10 billion euros, and will be able to generate up to 16 gigawatts of electricity. In three years, China could cut CO2 emissions by 16 million tons a year, the equivalent of 3.5 million fewer cars on the roads.
In China, only a quarter of energy consumption is produced from renewable sources, while 56% comes from coal-fired power plants.