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China can’t meet its environmental goals without connecting its abundant sources of renewable energy with its coastal megacities.

China can’t meet its environmental goals without connecting its abundant sources of renewable energy with its coastal megacities.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg
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The $300 Billion Plan to Bring Green Power to China’s Megacities

Unlike coal, wind and sunshine can’t be trucked to power plants closer to urban centers.

To turn wind and sunlight into power, first you need land. Lots of land, ideally unpopulated, where you can install hundreds of wind turbines and thousands of solar panels.

Bringing all that green power to densely populated commercial centers requires something else: Thousands of kilometers of ultra-high voltage power lines, audibly buzzing with electricity.