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China’s wind-power capacity nearly tripled in 2020

14:00, 21 January 2021

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 China’s wind-power capacity

The construction of new wind and solar power plants in China more than doubled in 2020 since the previous year, government data showed.

China, the world’s biggest producer of greenhouse gas, added 71.67 gigawatts (GW) of wind power capacity last year, nearly triple the 2019 level, according to data released by the National Energy Administration (NEA).

The figure is ahead of the 60.4 GW of new wind capacity added globally in 2019, according to data from the Global Wind Energy Council.

New solar power capacity also rebounded in 2020 to 48.2 GW after falling in 2018 and 2019, the data showed, beating forecasts of 40 GW. 

It comes as China had pledged to increase the share of non-fossil fuels in its energy consumption to 15 per cent by 2020 from 6.8 per cent in 2005. President Xi Jinping said this figure would rise to 25 per cent by 2030.

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China would also take its total installed wind and solar capacity to 1,200 GW, he said. 

By the end of 2020, China had 281.5 GW of wind generation capacity and 253.4 GW of solar generation capacity, NEA data showed.

China also continued to build new thermal power capacity in 2020, according to the data, with 56.37 GW the highest level since 2015. 

Beijing previously announced China is to put an end to subsidies for new onshore wind power projects starting this year.

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