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Huge Chinese Desert Projects Will Power Next Wave of Wind, Solar

Solar panels in the Gobi desert, in Dunhuang, Gansu province, China. 

Solar panels in the Gobi desert, in Dunhuang, Gansu province, China. 

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China aims to greatly expand its wind and solar power capacity over the next several years through massive projects in the nation’s deserts, according to an industry publication.

A first batch of renewable-energy projects in the interior that was announced late last year will account for 97 gigawatts -- enough power to run Mexico. A second batch of projects targeting 455 gigawatts of clean energy by 2030 will be located mainly in the deserts of northern China, such as Gobi and Inner Mongolia, SolarBe reported Saturday, citing an unreported recent notice from the National Development & Reform Commission and National Energy Administration.