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China Offers More Detail on Xi's Desert Clean Power Mega-Hub

Giant renewable energy complex will mainly be built after 2025, country’s main grid operator says.

Photovoltaic panels at a solar farm operated by Yellow River Power in Gonghe County, Qinghai province, China.

Photovoltaic panels at a solar farm operated by Yellow River Power in Gonghe County, Qinghai province, China.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

The majority of China’s massive desert renewable power project will be built after 2025, and most of the capacity in the first phase will come from solar, according to a researcher from the country’s largest grid operator.

The details fill in some gaps about the country’s plans to build 455 gigawatts of wind and solar power across the country’s vast desert expanses, which were announced by President Xi Jinping in October. Researchers and officials spoke Thursday at an event in Beijing hosted by the China Electricity Council and solar manufacturing giant Longi Green Energy Technology Co.