China, November 2010.
Since China has committed to a low-carbon development path it is now the second biggest producer of wind energy after the US with wind power capacity at 25.8 giga Watt. With capacity on a sharp increase they will be number one in 2011.
Big wind farms with thousands of windmills are being constructed in provinces like Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang and Gansu among others.
The current capacity is enough to serve 55 million Chinese households.
In the vast steppes of Inner Mongolia, thousands of windmills have been erected in the last five years. Goldwind, a Chinese wind turbine company, ranking among the top five in the world, has built 200 windmills last year. Currently Goldwind alone has 7000 windmills installed.
The windmills are on average 65 meters (215 ft) high and each blade is 34 meters (110 ft) long and generates 1.5 mega Watt. A nuclear power plant generates on average 1000 mega Watt, so 1500 windmills need to be installed to equal this.
On the steppes Mongolian herdsmen look strange among these high tech wind parks. They did receive compensation from the companies to allow them to build the windmills on their land. The old and the new meet on the steppes.
This story is part of Climate Change by NOOR.