Clean Energy Asia LLC (“Clean Energy Asia”), together with its
shareholders Newcom LLC (“Newcom”) and SB Energy Corp. of the SoftBank
Group (“SB Energy”), announced that its 50MW Tsetsii Wind Farm located
in the Gobi desert started commercial operations today on October 6,
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Ribbon-cutting at Tsetsii Wind Farm Operation Launch Ceremony (Photo: Business Wire)
Mongolia faces significant challenges in meeting its growing demand for
electricity, almost all of which is currently met by ageing and
polluting coal-fired plants. The wind farm will help supply Mongolia's
power demand with clean, energy-efficient electricity by harnessing
Mongolia's vast and inexhaustible wind resources. The project will also
help contribute to sustainable economic development and the mitigation
of climate change. Clean Energy Asia commenced operations three months
ahead of the previously scheduled launch date of December 2017.
Mongolia has a power-supply capacity of 1130MW, consisting of 88% coal,
6% diesel, 6% renewable energy, and 2% hydropower sources (according to
the Department of Energy, Mongolia, 2015). While being the world’s
eighth country most susceptible to climate change (according to
Germanwatch’s “Global Climate Risk Index 2014”), electricity
supply-demand balanced with its economic growth is an urgent issue for
Mongolia. Accordingly, Mongolia is a country that particularly requires
safe and secure power sources such as renewable energy. The State Great
Khural approved a national power policy in 2015 that sets Mongolia’s
mid-to-long term target and plan for 2015-2030 in the energy sector. The
policy aims to increase the power generation share of renewable energy
to 20% by 2020 and to 30% by 2030, and it stipulates the promotion of
investment in the energy industry in cooperation with international
financial institutions and donor countries, utilizing the abundant wind
and solar resources in the Gobi region. Mongolia is the first country to
sign a memorandum with Japan on the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions and this project was eligible for JCM
application through Japan’s Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry
(METI) at the feasibility study stage.
In these circumstances, this Tsetsii Wind Farm project can help
contribute to the increased adoption of renewable energy in Mongolia.
This wind farm project is the first dollar-denominated project finance
debt transaction by JICA through its Private Sector Investment Finance
scheme in the renewable energy field, and also marks the first power
generation business in Mongolia for SB Energy and the SoftBank Group.
Masayoshi Son, Chairman & CEO of SoftBank Group Corp., commented as
“The SoftBank Group started renewable energy development
in Mongolia to realize our multinational power grid plan called the Asia
Super Grid, first announced in 2011. I’m very pleased that the
commercial launch of the Tsetsii Wind Farm marks the first step for the
SoftBank Group to establish a renewable energy business in Mongolia
under the Asia Super Grid project, in addition to India and Japan.
Shigeki Miwa, Representative Director & CEO of SB Energy Corp.,
commented as follows:
“This project represents the first stepping
stone for renewable energy expansion in Mongolia and also for our Asian
Super Grid project. With SB Energy’s knowhow in the Japan renewable
energy market and our partner Newcom’s cooperation, we were able to
complete our first successful project in Mongolia.
We would like to
thank all our partners for their contributions to enabling the safe
start of operations, including our financial partners EBRD and JICA. SB
Energy will continue to promote its renewable energy business by
utilizing its knowhow from projects in Mongolia and Japan in order to
contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and the increased adoption
of renewable energy globally.”
Enkhbold Nyamjav, Chairman and CEO of Newcom Group commented as follows:
successful completion of Tsetsii Wind Farm project this year and
Mongolia’s first wind farm Salkhit in 2013 are testaments to Newcom’s
vision in being the pioneer in innovative technologies in Mongolia. We
are proud to have led the development of renewable energy sector in
Mongolia and we are proud to introduce and grow our partnership with the
SoftBank Group through this pilot Tsetsii Wind Farm project in Mongolia.
would like to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to our project
including our co-developer SB Energy, our financial partners EBRD and
JICA, Mongolian government authorities, and all the workers who
committed their time and effort to this project. Thanks to everyone’s
best efforts our project was finished well ahead of the initial planned
schedule. During the peak of the project’s construction period, we had
over 400 workers and more than 95% of those workers were Mongolians.
This is a clear proof that Mongolian professionals are talented and
skilled enough to complete a world class project.
We believe the
successful completion of our project has increased the confidence of
foreign investors in Mongolia and proven that Mongolia is a country
where things can be done. For that we are extremely proud and we believe
our work has paved the path to future large-scale energy export projects
and gotten us closer to the realization of the Asian Super Grid.”
Summary of Tsetsii Wind Farm
Tsogttsetsii soum, Umnugobi aimag, Mongolia
50MW: 2,000kW x 25 generators
Estimated annual power generation
Commercial operation date
October 6, 2017
About Clean Energy Asia LLC
Clean Energy Asia LLC (CEA) was
established in 2012 as a joint venture between Newcom LLC and SB Energy
Corp., the renewable energy arm of SoftBank Group Corp.
About SB Energy Corp.
SB Energy is a subsidiary of SoftBank
Group Corp. and one of the leading renewable energy companies in Japan.
As of October 2017, it had over 408.5MW of power in operation with 34
plants (equivalent power needed to supply approximately 128,180
households in Japan). SB Energy is aiming to spread and expand the
adoption of renewable energy derived from natural sources, such as large
scale solar power generation (Mega Solar) and wind power generation.
more information please visit www.sbenergy.co.jp/en/
About Newcom LLC
Newcom is a Mongolian clean technology and
infrastructure investor committed to bringing global expertise and
innovation to Mongolia. Newcom Group has a diverse portfolio of
investments across telecommunication, information technology, financial
services, renewable energy, real estate and mining services sectors. The
company operates Mongolia’s first wind farm, with capacity of 50 MW and
located 70km from Ulaanbaatar city and is in the process of developing
the 450 MW combined heat and power plant #5 as part of an international
consortium awarded the concession agreement by the government. The
company’s headquarters are in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. For more
information, please visit www.newcom.mn.
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