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China's installed clean energy capacity registers rapid growth

Updated: Nov 21,2021 14:12    CGTN

China's installed capacity of renewable energy power generation reached 1 billion kilowatts (kWs) by the end of October, accounting for 43.5 percent of the total installation, data from the National Energy Administration (NEA) showed on Nov 20.

The 1 billion-kW threshold doubled the figure at the end of 2015, the NEA said.

The installed hydropower capacity stood at 385 million kWs, and the installed wind power capacity surged 30.4 percent year-on-year to 299 million kWs while solar power capacity rose 23.7 percent to 282 million kWs, data showed.

China aims to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060. The country is promoting green and clean energy amid its transition to a low-carbon economy.

In July, a national carbon market started online trading with 2,162 power generation companies taking part.

On Nov 8, the People's Bank of China said it had provided low-cost loans for financial institutions through a carbon-reduction supporting tool, with a one-year lending rate of 1.75 percent.

On Nov 17, the country said it will put in place a 200 billion yuan ($31.32 billion) targeted relending program to support the clean and efficient use of coal.

The proportion of coal in China's total energy consumption dropped from 72.4 percent in 2005 to 56.8 percent in 2020, according to a white paper on the country's low-carbon policy.