China says sharp rise in wind, solar power capacity this year

China’s installed capacity for generating wind and solar power increased sharply in the first two months of the year as the country stepped up efforts to achieve carbon neutrality, state news agency Xinhua said quoting official data.

In the January-February period, the installed capacity of wind power jumped 17.5 percent year-on-year to reach 330 million kilowatts, said the National Energy Administration.

Solar power installed capacity reached 320 million kilowatts during the period, a surge of 22.7 percent from a year ago, data showed.

By the end of last month, China’s total installed power generation capacity stood at 2.39 billion kilowatts, up 7.8 percent year-on-year, Xinhua said, adding that the world’s second-largest economy had announced it will strive to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality by 2060.

China aims to gradually increase the share of non-fossil energy consumption to around 20 percent by 2025, around 25 percent by 2030, and over 80 percent by 2060, according to a document released by the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council.

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