China to more than triple so­lar ca­pac­ity by 2020

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CHINA PLANS to more than triple its so­lar power ca­pac­ity by 2020 to as much as 143 gi­gawatts to help re­duce car­bon emis­sions. At a re­cent con­fer­ence in Bei­jing, Nur Bekri, head of China's Na­tional En­ergy Ad­min­is­tra­tion ( said the country would add 15 to 20 gi­gawatts of pho­to­voltaic power an­nu­ally in the next five years. The num­bers show that China ac­counted for more than a quar­ter of global so­lar ad­di­tions with a record 15.1 gi­gawatts of in­stal­la­tions in 2015. China's to­tal so­lar ca­pac­ity was 43.2 gi­gawatts at the end of 2015, sur­pass­ing Ger­many as the country with the most in­stalled so­lar ca­pac­ity. How­ever, so­lar en­ergy acco- unted for only 3 per cent of China's elec­tric­ity mix by 2015-end.

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