China’s 9-mo solar capacity additions far from 2014 target
Solar system in Tibet, China. Author: Desmond Kavanagh. License: Creative Commons
Nov 20, 2014 - China’s photovoltaic (PV) capacity grew by 3.79 GW in the first nine months of 2014, as the country installed 1.34 GW of distributed generation (DG) and 2.45 GW of bigger solar plants, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said today.
Over the reporting period, solar power output has surged by 200% on the year to 18 TWh.
In terms of newly installed solar plants during the nine months, Xinjiang autonomous region takes the first place with 480 MW, followed by Gansu province with 360 MW and Jiangsu’s new 310 MW. The latter installed the most distributed PV, or 370 MW, while Zhejiang added 280 MW and Guangdong built another 160 MW.
Previously, NEA announced that the country aims to install 14 GW of PV capacity in 2014, including 8 GW of DG solar. China also aims to increase its solar capacity five-fold to 100 GW as part of its 2016-2020 five-year plan on energy.