China Has Become the Top Producer of Solar Energy in the World

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In 2016, China made some big steps in reducing its dependence on coal, and such an effort has made the country the top producer of solar energy in the world today.

In a report by Reuters, China stated that its photovoltaic capacity at the end of last year hit 77.42 gigaWatts, generating a total of 66.2 billion kiloWatt-hours of power from solar sources. Though this is a record-breaking figure, it is still actually only accounting for only 1% of the total power being generated by the country during that time. Now, the country has revealed plans to add a total of 110 gigaWatts of solar energy capacity by 2020.

Considering its huge population, China’s solar efforts are not nearly as sufficient as those taken by the US and some other countries. Nevertheless, the country’s National Energy Administration is planning to even increase its overall power generation from renewable sources to 20% by the year 2030.

Specifically, the nation’s capital, Beijing, hopes to drastically reduce its dependence on coal, cutting its consumption of such a fuel by another 30%. Aside from this, the city is also in the works of overhauling its transport systems to help reduce pollution. One of the ways it can achieve this is replacing obsolete vehicles with newer ones.