China is set to install a record 156 gigawatts of wind turbines and solar panels this year, said Yi Yuechun, vice dean of the China Renewable Energy Engineering Institute, a think tank that supports the National Energy Administration. That would be a 25% jump from the previous record set last year, according to BloombergNEF data.
CREEI’s forecast — which includes 100 gigawatts of solar, 50 of onshore wind and 6 of offshore wind — is the most bullish yet among government think tanks and industry associations. A National Development and Reform Commission researcher in April forecast 140 gigawatts of new capacity. The China Electricity Council expects about 144 gigawatts, and BloombergNEF’s latest forecast shows 154 gigawatts being added.
China added about 35 gigawatts of wind and solar in the first five months of the year, and installations are expected to accelerate near year’s end as developers and local governments rush to meet annual targets.
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