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China adds 10.6 gW solar capacity in 2014

Updated: Mar 10,2015 5:23 PM     Xinhua

BEIJING — China added 10.6 gigawatts (gW) of photovoltaic (PV) power capacity in 2014, accounting for one fifth of the world total, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said.

China’s cumulative installed capacity for solar PV power reached 28.05 gW by the end of 2014, up 60 percent year-on-year, according to NEA figures.

Of the cumulative installed capacity, 23.38 gW came from solar power stations and 4.67 gW from distributed solar projects, said the NEA.

China has been working to increase its share of non-fossil fuels in the power matrix, including hydropower, wind power, solar power and nuclear power.

The State Council released an action plan on energy development for 2014-2020 last November, promising more efficient, self-sufficient, green and innovative energy production and consumption.

According to the annual government work report delivered by Premier Li Keqiang on March 9, the Chinese government plans to reduce energy intensity, or units of energy per unit of GDP, by 3.1 percent in 2015.