June 11 (Renewables Now) - China saw the addition of 5.2 GW of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the first quarter of 2019, down from 9.65 GW a year back.
The country’s cumulative installed solar power capacity at the end of March was 28% higher than in the year-ago period, standing at 179.7 GW, shows data by China’s National Energy Administration (NEA). Utility-scale PV parks accounted for the bulk of this capacity, or 122.6 GW, with deployments rising by 23% from end-March 2018. Distributed generation (DG) plants, meanwhile, were 53.41 GW.
The largest share of China’s new capacity additions in the January-March quarter, 28.4%, came from East China with 1.75 GW installed, followed by North China with 1.46 GW and a 28% share. The Northwest region commissioned 825 MW and was responsible for 15.9% of the total, while Central China put on stream 798 MW and accounted for 15.3%.
Last month, China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) gave the go-ahead to 20.76 GW of renewable energy projects that will be developed without government subsidies. The list, being the first batch of such projects planned for 2019, includes 56 wind farm projects totalling 4.51 GW, and 168 of solar PV schemes of 14.78 GW in total. DG trading pilot projects of 1.47 GW are also in that list.