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Coal-Laden Inner Mongolia Spending $79 Billion on Renewables

  • Region is China’s biggest coal producer after Shanxi province
  • Inner Mongolia wants more than half renewable power by 2030
An open pit coal mine in Inner Mongolia.

An open pit coal mine in Inner Mongolia.

Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Inner Mongolia is planning to spend about 500 billion yuan ($79 billion) on clean energy through 2025, and aims to generate more than half of its power from renewables by the end of the decade.

The autonomous region in northern China, the country’s second-biggest source of coal, outlined the goals in a five-year plan. Inner Mongolia said it would add 51 gigawatts of wind power and 33 gigawatts of solar over the five-year period through 2025, as well as building some pumped hydro and storage.