Desert winds drive the turbines in the vast wind farm on the outskirts of
Urumqi, dusty capital of the north-western Chinese region of Xinjiang, and
day-trippers come from the city to photograph the spectacular sight in the
Just down the road, white-domed houses in a village of Central Asian Uighurs use
solar power to provide their energy. In the province of Gansu, officials have
announced plans to build the world's largest solar power station, part of
efforts to ease China's dependence on coal. In fast-moving, sophisticated
Shanghai, China's biggest city and its financial hub, hundreds of thousands of
householders are using solar panels to heat the water for their morning showers.
Meanwhile in the capital, Beijing, plans are well advanced to use renewable
energy for a big chunk of the city's power needs by the time it hosts what China
is billing as the first "green" Olympics in 2008. Beijing intends to ...