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Renewable energy capacity grows robustly in China

ANN/CHINA DAILY – The newly installed renewable energy capacity in China saw robust growth during the first nine months of this year amid the country’s efforts to advance its green transition, according to the National Energy Administration (NEA).

Renewable energy capacity additions rose 93 per cent year-on-year to 172 million kilowatts (kW) during the first three quarters, accounting for 76 per cent of the country’s total newly added installations, the NEA said. Solar power installation during the reporting period rose 145 per cent year-on-year to 128.94 million kW, followed by wind power of 33.48 million kW, deputy head of the administration’s new energy and renewable energy department Wang Dapeng, told a news conference.

As part of China’s efforts to speed up the construction of solar and wind power generation facilities in the Gobi Desert and other arid regions, construction has begun on all of the first large-scale wind and solar power bases, a project launched at the end of 2021 comprising a total of around 100 gigawatts of wind and solar power capacity in desert areas, the administration said.

The bases are mainly in the Xinjiang Uygur, Inner Mongolia and Ningxia Hui autonomous regions.

File photo shows a wind power plant in Zhangjiakou, North China’s Hebei province. PHOTO: XINHUA