China Massively Expands Solar Power Supply
China has been increasing solar energy generation at an impressive rate. Just this year alone, the country aims to add up to 17.8 gigawatts to the current total of 33 gigawatts of solar supply.
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China’s solar installations in the first quarter were almost equal to France’s entire supply of power from the sun.
China connected 5.04 gigawatts of solar capacity to grids in the three months ended March 31, the National Energy Administration said in a statement on Monday. The Asian nation now has a total 33 gigawatts of solar-power supply.
“Construction of most additions in the first quarter began last year after securing local approvals,” said Nick Duan, a Beijing-based analyst from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In China, developers must start construction within a year after approvals are given and validated.
China is seeking to approve and install as much as 17.8 gigawatts of solar power this year, or nearly 2 1/2 times the capacity added by the U.S. in 2014. The push is part of the Asian nation’s plans to cap carbon emissions in the next decade and a half.