Climate Connect News, 05 May 2014, London: China added about 13 GW of solar power capacity in 2013 to push the cumulative installed solar power capacity to 19.4 GW, the state council reported. This installed capacity has the capacity to generate an average of 9 billion kWh every year.
In 2013, a total of 12,120 MW grid-connected solar power capacity and 800 MW of distributed solar power capacity was added. Gansu, Qinghai and Xinjiang added significant amount of capacity and continued to lead all other provinces in terms of cumulative installed capacity. Gansu crossed 4,300 MW installed capacity mark in 2013 and now has over 26% of China’s total solar power installed capacity. These three provinces cumulatively represent over 61% of China’s solar power installed capacity. In the distributed solar power sector, Zhejiang, Guangdong and Hebei had the highest installed capacity at the end of 2013.
According to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA), the at least 37 GW of solar power capacity was added globally in 2013. This puts China’s 2013 share at a massive 35%. Other Asian countries, like Japan, also contributed towards this global capacity addition and pushing the share of Asia-Pacific to 57% in the capacity added in 2013.
China plans to reach an installed solar power capacity of 35 GW by 2015. In January this year, the government increased it 2014 capacity addition target from 10 GW to 14 GW. The solar power sector’s contribution to the total power generation capacity addition in 2013 in China was about 14%. In March, the China Electricity Council said that the country would aim to have a renewable energy installed capacity of 2,400 GW by 2050.
Author: Climate Connect Newsdesk
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