Renewable Energy In China: A Graphical Overview of 2015

Key Points:

  • As of 2015, China got 12% of its total primary energy from non-fossil sources. China’s 13th Five Year Plan aims to increase the share of primary energy from non-fossil sources to 15% in 2020. As part of its nationally determined contribution (NDC) to the Paris Agreement, China committed to increase the non-fossil share to around 20% by 2030.
  • Wind Power: China ranks first in the world in installed wind power capacity, with 139 GW by the end of 2015.
  • Solar Power: China has surpassed Germany to become the world leader in installed solar power, with 50 GW of solar capacity installed by the end of 2015.
  • China is the world’s leading installer of solar and wind power, with world records for capacity installation in 2015 and targets for 100 GW of solar and 200 GW of wind installed by 2020.
  • Investment: For the fourth straight year, China was the number one investor in renewable energy in 2015 with $102.9 billion, accounting for over a third of global investment.
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