China Is Showing the World What Renewable Energy Dominance Looks Like, Says New IEA Report
The growth of solar energy continues to outpace forecasts and this growth, according to a report published today by the International Energy Agency, “is a China story.”
While China today is far and away the global leader in solar generation, a decade ago, the country had just 100 megawatts of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed. That's nothing. For reference, it’s actually less than is currently installed in the city of San Antonio. By the end of 2016, China had increased its solar PV capacity by nearly 800 times, with more than 77 gigawatts currently installed.
China’s solar dominance is only going to keep growing, according to the IEA report. As Dr. Paolo Frankl, one of the lead authors on the report, said on a call to reporters, “In one year, China will install the equivalent of the total history of solar development in Germany.”
[–]Arentanji 2647 points 15 hours ago
I presume they want to be the manufacturer of solar panels globally. It is the equivalent of the investment they made in chip manufacturing in the 90's.
[–]Vonnegut9 1376 points 14 hours ago
I assume that this is the biggest reason for their rapid expanse into Solar. It's a smart move
[–]supasteve013 34 points 12 hours ago
Although, China producing solar panels would just make them hella cheap for the rest of the world.. So, I'm okay with it.
[–]user_48217 124 points 10 hours ago*
The concept of solar power was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.
[–]ErikGryphon 934 points 14 hours ago
It's a great achievement. It should be added though that China has a population of 1,379 million people whereas Germany has 83 million. So per capita, China is far off from what Germany has accomplished. Still, it's great to see China heading in the right direction.
[–]HabseligkeitDerLiebe 22 points 13 hours ago
Germany once was leading in production of solar, but then China undercut the price. There are still some nominally German solar companies, but they moved their production to China or even were bought by Chinese corporations.
[–]cyberdork 11 points 14 hours ago
Yes and by now all German Solar companies have gone bankrupt, because they couldn't compete with the Chinese manufacturers.
[–]bacondavisGray 12 points 13 hours ago
They also moved the manufacturing pollution problem to China
[–]ZerexTheCool 276 points 22 hours ago
Almost every account of China and India ignore the population differences in one way or the other. It all depends on what narrative they want to push, but they never seem to fairly compare vastly different countries to one another.
[–]vanderchief 105 points 21 hours ago
Sure, the population is a big factor however I believe a better comparison would be the worth of the investments divided by the gdp since germany has way less people but has a way higher gdp per capita. Nevertheless it is a good effort in the right direction by the Chinese.