China installed 44.1 GW of solar in 2018, according to official NEA data


The Chinese PV market saw the deployment of around 44.1 GW of capacity according to official data published over the weekend by the National Energy Administration (NEA).

That is around 500 MW more than the 43.6 GW announced by the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA) last week.

The NEA revealed China’s cumulative installed PV capacity reached around 174.63 GW at the end of December, while that of wind power surpassed 184.2 GW. The authority reports nuclear power reached 44.66 GW capacity, thermal power 1,143.6 GW and hydro 352.36 GW.

In 2017, the volume of newly installed PV capacity was a record 52.83 GW, according to NEA figures.

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In presenting its own statistics last week, the CPIA said that of the 43.6 GW of solar deployed in 2018, around 10 GW was represented by distributed generation.

* the article was update on Jan. 21 to change the data about installed capacity of thermal power generation. We wrongly wrote 114.36 GW instead of 1,143.67. We apoligize for this mistake.

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