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Power from deserts

China’s massive program to expand renewable energy in the country’s deserts continues to take shape. According to an industry representative, its desert projects will have a capacity of 200 gigawatts by 2025, as reported by Bloomberg. Another 255 gigawatts are expected to be installed between 2026 and 2030. More than 300 gigawatts of the planned total capacity is to be delivered via transmission lines to the country’s industrial centers. In the first phase, 60 percent of power is to be generated by solar energy. To ensure the stability of the power grid, a large proportion of the new solar and wind power plants are to be located near existing fossil fuel power plants. Coal-fired power plants are to provide the power needed to keep the grids stable during dark periods.

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