China Adds Equivalent of France’s Entire Solar Capacity in Three Months

China Adds Equivalent of France’s Entire Solar Capacity in Three Months

China’s solar installations in the first quarter were almost equal to France’s entire supply of power from the sun. China connected 5.04 gigawatts of solar capacity to grids in the three months ended March 31, the National Energy Administration said in a statement on Monday. The Asian nation now has a total 33 gigawatts of solar-power supply. “Construction

China’s solar installations in the first quarter were almost equal to France’s entire supply of power from the sun.

China connected 5.04 gigawatts of solar capacity to grids in the three months ended March 31, the National Energy Administration said in a statement on Monday. The Asian nation now has a total 33 gigawatts of solar-power supply.

“Construction of most additions in the first quarter began last year after securing local approvals,” said Nick Duan, a Beijing-based analyst from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. In China, developers must start construction within a year after approvals are given and validated.

China is seeking to approve and install as much as 17.8 gigawatts of solar power this year, or nearly 2 1/2 times the capacity added by the U.S. in 2014. The push is part of the Asian nation’s plans to cap carbon emissions in the next decade and a half.

Utility-scale photovoltaic power plants accounted for 4.38 gigawatts of the new capacity in the first quarter, with distributed
projects comprising the remainder, the NEA said. Distributed generation refers to electricity produced at or near where it’s used. In the case of solar, distributed projects typically include rooftops or ground-mounted panels near facilities such as sporting arenas or municipal buildings.

The northwestern region of Xinjiang led the effort, with 1.1 gigawatts of photovoltaic power plants installed in the first three
months. Xinjiang was followed by Inner Mongolia, Zhejiang, Gansu and Jiangsu.

The NEA on Monday also called for a nationwide quality check for solar power projects as installations burgeoned. Local governments are required to report inspection results by the end of July.

In the last few years in Bosnia and Herzegovina there is increased installation of solar capacities although procedure for obtaining required permits is very complicated. One of the positive example comes from village Bujaci, municipality Goražde. Owner of the solar power plant Azem Bujak after installing 670 solar panels decided to expand his capacity and to install
3200 new solar panels until the end of this year. We have already written about plans for construction of solar power plant in Sanski Most. In Vogošća, near Sarajevo, there is solar power plant “Pretis” with installed capacity of 150 kW, than in Kalesija on the roof of the sports hall there is solar power plant with capacity of 120 kW. Another positive example comes from municipality Stolac in which there are five solar power plants with capacities of 150 kW. There are also plenty of small solar power plants in Bosnia and Herzegovina and we hope that positive trend of installing this types of capacities is going to continue in the future.

Renewable Energy Projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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