PROJECT | Staff Reporter, China

China installed 24.4GW of solar in 2017's first half

A whopping 13.5GW of this was installed in June.

RenewEconomy reported that China has installed 24.4 gigawatts (GW) of solar PV in the first six months of 2017, including an extraordinary 13.5GW in the month of June alone, as developers rushed to complete installations to capitalise on a higher feed in tariff that expired on July 1.

According to the data from the China PV Industry Association (CPIA), the 24.4GW of new capacity – a combination of large and small scale – represented an increase of 9 per cent year on year. It is also equivalent capacity to Australia’s entire coal fleet, and more than four times its installed solar capacity.

The boost in installations was also accompanied by a 28 per cent jump in the amount of solar cells produced in the first half to 32GW, while the output of solar modules rose 26 per cent to 34GW.

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