Official: China Installed 52.83 Gigawatts Worth Of Solar In 2017
China’s National Energy Administration published its official solar statistics for 2017 (table in Chinese) on Monday, January 22nd, revealing that the country had installed a total of 52.83 gigawatts worth of new solar capacity in 2017. This brings China’s cumulative solar capacity up to 130.25 GW, around 7.3% of the country’s national power generation capacity, with a yearly increase of 53%, or 68.7% in absolute terms over 2016.
According to the independent Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory (AECEA), China added a total of 133 GW worth of new power generation capacity in 2017, including 12.8 GW worth of hydro and 45.78 GW worth of thermal power. This means that, for the first time in the country’s history, China installed more clean energy than it did thermal power.
Further, AECEA expects that, when China releases more detailed statistics in the coming days, it will show that the country installed 19 to 20 GW worth of distributed solar, which represents a more than four-fold increase year-over-year.
China Officially Installed 52.83 Gigawatts Worth Of Solar In 2017