The Gansu Provincial government has announced that Gansu is scheduled to become China’s first province to have over 10 GW of installed wind power capacity.

Gansu had 5.5 GW of installed capacity at the end of 2010, and estimates of a potential wind power capacity of 200 GW. In its 12th five-year plan (2011-2015), it plans to install 17 GW of new wind power projects.

Project costs have dropped below $625/kW in Gansu, from $1660/kW during the industry’s first days. The low cost and the large wind power base has attracted turbine manufacturers to Gansu, with a combined annual production capacity of 3000 units.

Wind power contributes 16 percent of the total power generated in Gansu, compared with a national average of 1.2 percent.

Shi Lishan, deputy director of the Department of New and Renewable Energy at the National Energy Administration (NEA) said: “NEA attaches more importance to project quality in the wake of inconsistency in the wind industry caused mainly by the excessive growth in wind project approvals, regardless of grid connections or electricity demand.”

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