The electricity output of China from its photovoltaic plants soared to 80% in the first quarter after the increase in installed capacity of the world’s biggest solar power market. According to the National Energy Administration (NEA), the 7.21 GW of fresh capacity was completed in January-March period which marked an increase of around 70 MW from the first three months of 2016.
The NEA said that the development of distributed generation capacity continued to accelerate mainly in Shandong, Zhejiang, Anhui, and Jiangsu provinces. The NEA also reported recently in a statement on its website that the solar power generation rose to around 21.4 billion kilowatt-hours in the three months ending 31 March from 2016. The adding of solar power during this period augmented its total installed capacity to almost 85 gigawatts.
The power generation increase has been reportedly observed even as more solar plants stand idle. This idleness is attributed to the congested transmission infrastructure. According to the NEA data, China reportedly idled to around 2.3 billion kilowatt-hours of solar power in the first quarter, which rose from 1.9 billion kilowatt-hours a year earlier.
Meanwhile, central and eastern China accounted for around 89% of new capacity.