Renewable energy continues to increase in Erlianhaote city. As of August 2018, operational wind and solar power in the city totaled 35.9MW. From January to August 2018, Erlianhaote produced 506,000 MWh of renewable energy, an increase of 4.2% from the previous year.
In September of 2015, the National Energy Administration announced plans to begin construction of a renewable microgrid project in Erlianhaote. The microgrid project extends across Erlianhaote and five of its surrounding banners (counties) in Xilingol league. The project consists of 7 microgrid clusters at a total capacity of 2,535 MW. The Erlianhaote portion of the microgrid totals 420 MW of combined renewable energy installations (280MW of wind power, 90MW of solar PV, and 50MW of solar thermal) and 30MW of energy storage.
At present, construction has already begun on 90MW of solar PV generation. In addition, preliminary work has completed on 280 MW of wind generation, with construction set to begin before the end of the year. Preliminary work has also begun on the solar thermal and energy storage portions of the project.