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China Now Biggest Solar Energy Producer, Will Add More In The Coming Years

By February 6, 2017 at 7:07 am
solar plant (Photo : Getty Images/Blazquez Dominguez)

China has always had problems with pollution and smog with its continued dependence on coal power. But that doesn't mean that the world's most populated country isn't doing anything about it.

China's National Energy Administration has revealed the significant amount of progress in solar energy production in the last year. The country is now the biggest producer of solar energy hitting 77.42 gigawatts by the end of 2016. The NEA has in fact said that they have doubled its energy production in 2016 compared to the previous year.

But with China's population, it still doesn't compare well to other countries like Germany, Japan and US. As of now, solar energy presents just 1 percent of the country's total energy output. However, the NEA isn't stopping their production and has plans to increase it. The NEA has plans of adding over 110 gigawatts by 2020 which will make the technology take on a bigger role on China's energy output and reducing pollution caused by older energy producing methods.

If the plan go through, China will increase its use of non-fossil fuel power from 11 percent to 20 percent by 2030. For now, it still has a long way to go but it is nonetheless a step to the right direction in cleaning up the pollution.

But despite China trailing behind other countries in the renewable energy front, the country still has the advantage of being a large country that are ripe for solar energy farms. It's one of the main reasons to the country's fast rate of expansion. This will also put pressure on other countries to up their game in the renewable energy race. With the rate that China is going, they might even surpass US which will have policies that are favored to protect the fossil fuel industry instead of phasing it out. The policies are driven by US President Trump insistence that global warming is not true.

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