Share of renewable energy in Mongolia reaches 16 pct

Source: Xinhua| 2018-12-31 16:47:45|Editor: xuxin
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ULAN BATOR, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- The share of renewable energy in Mongolia's total electricity production has reached a record high in 2018, local media reported Monday.

The share of renewable electricity generation rose to 16 percent on average for 2018, the country's Ministry of Energy was quoted as saying.

A solar power plant with a capacity of 15 megawatts (MW) opened in late June in Zamiin-Uud soum in Mongolia's southeastern Dornogovi province, while two other solar power plants with the capacity of producing 30 MW and 20 MW of electricity each have been put into operation recently.

Also, a wind farm with a total capacity of 55 MW was commissioned in late September nearby Sainshand city, capital of the province.

The four energy plants have contributed to the country's renewable energy capacity by 120 MW this year, and the country has a potential wind capacity of 1,100 gigawatts, according to the ministry.

The country, which enjoys more than 250 days of sunshine a year, has set a goal to make renewable energy use account for 20 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030.