China to more than triple solar capacity by 2020
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.