Xi says China has started a 100GW desert renewable project

Chinese President Xi Jinping announces at a UN conference the successful start of a 100GW renewable energy project, saying the country plans to pursue climate leadership more vigorously and also invest in biodiversity.

Photo is for illustrative purposes and does not depict the actual project. | Photo: Jason Lee/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

China recently started construction on a massive wind- and solar-power project in the country's deserts, President Xi Jinping said.

Construction has started smoothly on the first phase of 100GW of generating capacity, Xi said via video link Tuesday at a United Nations Biodiversity Conference in Kunming. That's more than the entire wind and solar capacity installed in India, according to BloombergNEF.

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