This image is from NASA’s Image Of The Day and is of the Longyangxia Dam Solar Park, which is not even the largest solar park in China. It shows how big China’s commitment is to solar energy.
China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) announced on Tuesday that the country’s annual photovoltaic (PV) power generation capacity has topped the 100bn kilowatt-hour mark.
A typical PV power system involves employing solar panels to directly convert light energy into electricity.
According to statistics revealed by the NEA, China grossed a total of 106.9bn kWh of electricity from incumbent PV installations in the first 11 months of 2017 – a surge of 72 percent compared to the same period in 2016, China News Service reports.
Among them, centralised PV stations contributed 87 percent of the total power generated. However, building-applied photovoltaics (BAPV), a term which commonly refers to PV installations retrofitted in buildings, posted greater expansion potential due to government subsidies. The number of new BAPV-capacity installations increased by nearly 300 percent year-on-year.
“The progressive promotion of the PV power generating industry plays a significant role in environmental protection, as it can reduce fossil-fuelled consumption along with greenhouse gas emissions,” said a representative from the NEA’s new energy sector.
It is estimated the 106.9bn kWh total will be able to replace 33 million tonnes of standard coal, which, in turn, would prevent 93 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.
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