China Increased Its Solar Output By 80%
Solar output in China is at an all-time high. In what is the largest solar power market in the world, China has increased its solar output of electricity by 80 percent during the first quarter of this year. And this is the most recent achievement in an ever increasing trend revolving China’s solar output. For instance, back in 2015, the country, not only covered its increasing energy demand with renewable energy but also exceeded its own energy demand.
Now, even though most of its energy supply still comes from coal and other fossil fuels, it is, nevertheless, important to note that half of all green energy in the world is generated in China. Furthermore, in light of the United States’ forecasting policies under Donald Trump, China’s president, Xi Jimping, has announced that the country is ready and willing to be at the forefront of sustainability and innovation in this regard.
By the end of March 2017, China’s solar output rose by 21.5 billion kilowatt-hours, according to the National Energy Administration. The country added 7.21 gigawatts of solar power, thus boosting China’s installed capacity to almost 85 gigawatts. This increase comes as more and more solar plants end up standing idly because of the congested power transmission infrastructure. This year, China idled about 2.3 billion kilowatt-hours of solar power. This was up from 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours recorded last year. Eighty-nine percent of this increased capacity came from central and eastern China.
The future of the world hangs in the balance when it comes to our capability to adapt to the new conditions of climate change. Putting renewable sources of energy at the top of our concerns is of the utmost importance. At this point in time, and given our current level of infrastructure, we will not be spared from what will come next – that is a guarantee, and things are already showing themselves. But, maybe, just maybe, we will be able to stop the worst from happening.