In Datong, within China's Shanxi province, Jinneng Holding Group Co. Ltd, a state-owned Chinese energy firm, is spearheading a monumental shift in an old coal mining area.
With a substantial investment of 55 billion yuan (approximately $7.7 billion), the ambitious renewable energy project signifies a significant departure from traditional coal-based energy production. The initiative encompasses the integration of wind turbines, solar panels, and battery storage, aiming to establish an impressive 6 gigawatts of wind and solar capacity, coupled with 3.4 gigawatt-hours of energy storage.
According to Shanxi Daily, the project officially commenced with a groundbreaking ceremony and is slated for completion by the end of 2025. Once operational, the facility will connect to the grid, supplying power to Beijing and its neighboring regions via the Datong-Tianjin ultra-high voltage power line.
Beyond its role in power supply, the initiative underscores the region's commitment to reducing carbon emissions and addressing the global challenge of climate change.
This significant development aligns with China's broader efforts in renewable energy, following a record-breaking year for installations in the sector. By the end of November, new solar panel installations in the country had nearly doubled compared to the previous year.
The Jinneng Holding Group's substantial renewable energy project represents another notable milestone in China's ongoing journey toward a more sustainable and eco-friendly future.