Renewable energy accounts for 47.3% of total power generation capacity in China

  • China’s newly installed combined wind and solar power capacity reached a record 125 million kilowatts last year, bringing the tally of total installed capacity to over 1.2 billion kW, as the country stepped up efforts to ensure energy security while facilitating green energy transition, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said on Monday. 

Newly installed capacity of renewable energy reached 152 million kW last year, or 76.2 percent of the country’s total newly added installed energy capacity, including 37.63 million kW of wind power, 87.41 million kW of solar power and 3.34 million kW of biomass power generation, said Wang Dapeng, an official with the National Energy Administration, during a news briefing held in Beijing on Monday.

According to the administration, renewable energy accounted for 47.3 percent of the country’s total power generation capacity by the end of 2022, up 2.5 percentage points compared with a year prior.

The country’s cumulative solar PV capacity hit 314 GW at the end of February. The NEA reported that 20.37 G of new solar PV installations was commisssioned in the first two months of this year alone.

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The administration said it will further push forward technological innovation in solar and wind power in the country. It will also speed up the construction of solar and wind power generation facilities in the Gobi Desert and other arid regions amid efforts to boost renewable energy, as well as boost construction of offshore wind power bases.

Additionally, the growth of new types of power storage installations has also been gaining momentum in recent years. By the end of last year, installed capacity of new types of power storage projects that have entered operation rose to 8.7 million kW, up more than 100 percent year-on-year, it said.

Author: Bryan Groenendaal

Source: NEA 

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