China’s solar power capacity doubles in 2016

China’s solar power capacity doubles in 2016

China has become the world’s biggest producer of solar energy in terms of capacity, following a year in which its photovoltaic (PV) capacity more than doubled.

The National Energy Administration (NEA) revealed that 34.54GW of new solar PV capacity were installed last year, contributing to a total installed l PV capacity of 77.42GW.

Solar plants generated 66.2 billion kilowatt-hours of power during 2016, which accounted for 1% of China’s total energy generation, the NEA said.

This figure is set to further increase as the nation continues to commit to renewable energy sources in the coming years.

110GW of solar energy capacity are expected to be added during the four-year period between 2016 and 2020, according to the NEA’s solar power development plan.

The development of China’s solar energy capacity over the next four years is part of a US$364 billion commitment to renewable power generation by 2020.

By 2030, the country hopes that renewable energy sources will account for 20% of the total national power supply.