Mongolia’s first wind power plant is set to go into operation next month.

The $122m 50 MW facility is to play a part in capping pollution in the capital, Ulaanbaatar.

The plant was developed by Clean Energy LLC using 31 turbines from General Electric Co. (GE) and is located on a wind-raked ridge 72 KM southwest of Ulaanbaatar.

Mongolia is seeking alternatives to fossil fuels such as coal that power its industry and mines. The government has set a target to get 20 per cent to 25 per cent of its energy from renewables by 2020, up from less than 2 per cent currently. Coal supplies about 80 per cent of the nation’s energy.

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