COVID-19, China Installs Around 4 GW of Solar in Q1 2020

According to new energy figures and figures released by the National Energy Administration (NEA), about 3.95 GW of solar capacity was installed in China during the first quarter of 2020 (Q1).

Out of 3.95 GW, 2.23 GW was connected through large-scale solar PV installations, while distributed solar PV was composed of 1.72 WW. 

At the end of March, the total cumulative installed solar capacity in the country was 208 GW, of which 144 GW was largely through solar, and 64 GW came from distributed solar installations.

A previous report by NEA stated that China had installed solar power capacity of around 204 GW at the end of 2019. According to government data, China installed a total of 30.1 GW capacity in the calendar year 2019.

There were more establishments in North and South China than in other parts of the country.

According to the new figure, in Q1, solar PV power generation increased by 52.8 billion kWh, about 20% year-on-year (YoY), and national usage hours increased by 248 hours, eight hours.

The northeast region recorded the highest 350 hours of solar usage, nine hours less than the same period last year. Among the provinces, Guangdong Province established the most with 600 MW new installations in Q1 2020.

Similarly, Inner Mongolia recorded 470 MW of new installations, and Zhejiang Province installed 360 MW of new solar projects.

3.95 GW of new installations for Q1 2020 was down by 24% compared to 5.2 GW installed in the same period of the previous year.

The spread of the COVID-19 epidemic has been one of the main reasons for the decline in installations in the first quarter of 2020. 

Things were grinding, affecting the renewable industry in the country to a large extent. The COVID-19 epidemic disrupted the entire value chain and caused significant losses for the solar industry.

Earlier, the world's top three solar markets — China, the United States and India — added about 51 GW of solar capacity in 2019.

China led the way with 30.1 GW, followed by the US at 13.3 GW and India retained its third position. With a total installation of 7.3 GW for the year 2019.

Earlier, it was reported that NEA announced that it plans to provide a subsidy of RMB 1.5 billion (~ $ 216.1 million) for new solar power projects in the country this year, photovoltaic power generation projects in 2020. According to your construction plan. '

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