Big International Renewable Projects – the Wave of the Future?

After reading more criticism of the use of U.S. funds for a Chinese-financed wind farm in Texas, I was struck by a posting on Natural Resources Defense Council China Director Barbara Finamore’s blog about an enormous project using U.S. equipment in China. Barbara writes about First Solar’s involvement in a solar base in Inner Mongolia that is planned to eventually reach 2 GW in size – she notes that is the size of the Hoover Dam, and it also happens to be much larger than the Texas project.

These renewable energy projects in China are part of an ambitious national target for cleaner fuel sources. China’s official climate change website now suggests that China’s Energy Research Institute expects the country to reach its goal of getting 10% of the country’s energy from renewable sources by 2011.