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Wind, solar to account for 11% of power use in China by end 2021: proposal
Published: Apr 19, 2021 03:48 PM
View of the world's largest solar park in Yinchuan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous RegionPhoto: Shen Weiduo/GT

View of the world's largest solar park in Yinchuan, Northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous RegionPhoto: Shen Weiduo/GT



China's National Energy Administration (NEA) published a draft proposal on Monday on the construction and development of wind and solar energy sources in 2021.

Aiming to ensure the high-quality development of the sector, vital for China's ambition to transform its energy mix toward greener sources, the proposal is seeking public input from Monday to Sunday.

The proposal specified that electricity generated from wind and solar sources to account for 11 percent of total electricity consumption in China in 2021, with the ratio continuing to expand to 16.5 percent by 2025.

Based on some calculations, the new goal requires newly added capacity for wind and solar energy sources of 100 Gigawatts before 2025. 

China aims to have CO2 emissions peak before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060.

China's exploration and utilization of renewable energy remained world No.1 by the end of 2020, NEA said in March.

By the end of 2020, China's new-energy installed capacity had reached 930 million kilowatts, accounting for 42.4 percent of the country's total installed power generation capacity, Zhang Jianhua, head of the NEA, said in March.

According to Zhang, the country aims to raise the new-energy installed capacity to exceed 50 percent of total installed power generation capacity by the end of the 14th Five Year Plan period (2021-25).


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