Thursday, August 25, 2011

Road China's Silk city develop new energy to protect environment

Thursday, August 25, 2011
A town on the old Silk Road, strive to develop solar and wind energy, drive the local economy and to protect of the endangered environment characterized by its desert OASIS threatened.

Earlier this month, the national energy expressed his support for Dunhuang in the northwestern province of Gansu Administration (NEA) even in the city in the country to create first nation-level pilot of the new energy development.

Dunhuang, the Mogao Caves and beautiful scenes of the oases, received the renowned world heritage site in more than 1.5 million tourists from the and abroad last year.

According to the city development plan the electric power generated by solar and wind power in Dunhuang, it is expected that by 2015 of 2.2 million tonnes of coal produced be the same. The amount of power will be almost three times as much as the city power until then.

The local Government hopes that the new energy economy drive the local economy that currently consume of water depends on the agricultural sector.

Dunhuang, is five times as large as Shanghai with an area of more than 30,000 square kilometres. But it is surrounded by desert and wasteland, such as the oases only 4.5 percent of the region, covered according to Sun Yulong Party Chief of the city.

The population growth and massive land reclamation over the past decades have the ecology of Dunhuang which damaged oasis with natural wetlands and forests shrink rapidly, Sun said.

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