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Solar power generation in Inner Mongolia increased by 169% in the first half of 2013 compared to the same period last year, according to the Inner Mongolia Power Group (IMPG).

The Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region is second only to Tibet in terms annual hours of sunshine in China and the region is becoming an important part of the country’s solar strategy.

IMPG claimed to have generated 268 million kWh during the first half of 2013.

It has connected 14 plants this year totalling 320MW this year with approvals for 62 further plants with a cumulative capacity of 1660MW in the pipeline. 400MW of this will be operational by the end of the year.

Preliminary work for 3770MW of new solar capacity across Inner Mongolia has been carried out.

IMPG has developed a number of technical standards to ensure the safe and efficient connection of the remote solar farms to China’s grid.

Additional reporting Cathy Li.