Government encourages Chinese military to retool for wind

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Having mandated that 70% of all wind plant equipment used in China should be made locally, spurring the arrival of around 40 Chinese newcomers to the wind industry over the past year, the government is now encouraging its military to get in on the act. "China should fully exploit technological advantages in the military industry sector to upgrade its wind power sector and make wind power equipment a new economic growth point for the military industry," states the country's Commission of Science Technology and Industry for National Defence. It hopes to see at least two to three new turbine manufacturers established by its military sector by 2020 with an annual production capacity of 2000 MW. In addition, by 2015 it wants the military to establish at least eight component suppliers, with an annual production worth CNY 20 billion ($2.66 billion), it adds. China is targeting 30 GW of installed wind capacity by 2020, a target even the government believes will be easily surpassed. Speaking at the Solar World Congress 2007 in Beijing, He Dexin of the Chinese Wind Energy Association said the 30 GW target will be met before 2020, with the country more likely to hit 50 GW by then, with 100 GW reached by 2030. China is believed to have about 3000 MW in operation today.

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