08 August 2014

China added 3.3 GW of new PV capacity in the first half of 2014 : Photon

China connected 3.3 GW of new solar generation capacity to the national grid in the first half of 2014, almost double the amount it connected in the same period last year, reports Reuters, citing figures from China’s National Energy Administration (NEA). However, the figure represents just a fraction of China’s 2014 installation goal: the NEA recently revised up its total 2014 PV target from 10 GW to 13 GW. In July 2013, the Chinese government raised its cumulative 2015 PV target from 21 GW to 35 GW, and in May 2014, the government said it planned to increase the solar target to 70 GW cumulative by 2017. China had around 20 GW of operational PV capacity at the end of 2013, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. China aims to raise the share of non-fossil fuels in the overall energy mix to 10.7% by the end of this year from 9.8% at the end of 2013, reports Reuters.

05 August 2014

Worse news for Australia as India taps solar, Beijing bans coal : Renew Economy

China is moving ahead on plans to address its pollution problem by phasing out coal.

In Delhi last week, the Indian government committed to a plan to provide low-cost loans and grants to set up some of the world’s largest solar PV parks across the country, each of them comprising as much as 20 gigawatts of capacity, about 10 times what India has built to date.
According to official Chinese government statistics, coal use accounted for 25.4 per cent of the capital’s energy consumption in 2012 – a figure that is expected to shrink to less than 10 per cent by 2017.
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When will Abbott & Co realise that they have backed the wrong contender and break with King Coal in Australia? If they want to keep in government they need to soon!