ULAN BATOR, May 16 (Xinhua) -- Mongolia will hold the 9th National Renewable Energy Forum here on May 24, organizers said in a statement on Wednesday.
The annual forum is co-organized by Ministry of Energy, the Energy Regulation Commission of Mongolia, the Mongolian Renewable Industries Association and the Mongolian Wind Energy Association.
This year's forum is expected to cover topics such as establishing independent grid in remote area, current renewable energy situation on grid, opportunities of reducing air pollution using renewable energy in urban areas.
Currently, the number of attendees of this year's forum has reached 600.
Mongolia has enormous potential for the development of renewable energy.
The East Asian country with a population of just over three million enjoys more than 250 days of sunshine a year.
The country's renewable capacity nearly doubled last year, reaching 155 MW, according to data from the Ministry of Energy.
The landlocked country installed its first large solar power plant, with a capacity of 10 MW, in Darkhan-Uul province, in the north of the county, in January 2017. Its second wind farm, the 50 MW Tsetsii Wind Farm, also opened in October of that year.
Mongolia seeks to provide sufficient heat and electricity to its population, especially in rural areas, and renewable energy projects are seen as a possible solution.
According to Mongolia's Ministry of Energy, the country has a potential wind capacity of 1,100 GW.