The initial project consists of a development property encompassing an area of 188 square kilometers in size with a recorded average annual wind speed in excess of 8 m/s. The property is 62 kilometers from a large and growing urban centre which includes a mix of both residential and industrial consumers. Plans for the wind farm include a phase 1 stage to install up to 48 MW of wind turbines, and phase 2 plans are projected to increase the installation upwards to 300 MW or higher based on future demand considerations.
Recent legislation by the Government of China has mandated that all renewable energy projects are to be connected to the national electrical grid distribution network.
This legal requirement provides a significant boost to alternative energy developers in general and specifically to the rapidly growing wind power sector.
China has embraced a commanding role in the expansion of infrastructure and deployment of wind power solutions and as a result, the entire sector, from designers and manufacturers to all levels of government are working closely with wind farm proponents in order to expedite installations in regions identified for development of this natural resource.
HWE brought the project to a certain point of development from 2005 through to 2008. Additional financing will permit the conclusion of wind studies, licensing and approvals to develop the proposed wind farm over which HWE had been originally granted wind farm development rights by the appropriate regulatory agency in China.