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Kubuqi 2000MW Photovoltaic Desertification Control Project (Section I)

SIDRI Kubuqi 2000MW Photovoltaic Desertification Control Project (Section I) for clean energy production

Sustainability Challenge

Energy Transition

Solar panels in the desert.

Story Highlights

Relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

SDG Goal 7 affordable and clean energy.

SDG Goal 9 industry, innovation and infrastructure.

SDG Goal 13 climate action.

Utilized Software

OpenBuildings Designer, OpenRoads Designer, STAAD


Kubuqi Desert


Shanghai Investigation, Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd.

Deserts are particularly well-suited for solar power, as the areas have abundant sunlight and less competition for land compared to more populated and agriculturally active regions. Located in the Kubuqi Desert in Inner Mongolia, the Kubuqi 2,000-megawatt photovoltaic desertification control project aims to provide clean energy through photovoltaic power generation. Upon completion, it is expected to provide power to more than 1 million households and greatly reduce annual emissions of various pollutants. To manage the project’s scale and voluminous data amid a short construction period, they used Bentley applications for terrain processing, 3D modeling, and structural analysis. Upon completion, the project will reduce the use of coal by 706,600 tons per year, which will eliminate 1.93 million tons of carbon emissions, 371 tons of sulfur dioxide emissions, and 415 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions.