Clean energy generated electricity shoots up by a third in China
- 23 August 2012
BEIJING: China’s State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) says sources of clean energy generated over 30% more electricity than last year, offering a glimpse of the incoming clean revolution in China.
SERC’s newly released figures state that over 106.8 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity was produced from clean energy sources in July, which at 31% is almost a third more than last year's figures for July.
The fastest growth came from wind powered electricity, which increased 56.7% on last year’s total. This was swiftly followed by hydro-power which grew 33.9%.
During the first seven months of 2012, clean energy sources generated 505.6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, which accounts for 18.4% of the country’s total on-grid power. This is up 1.9% on last year.
This seven month swell was boosted by wind, hydro and nuclear power which expanded 29.7%, 15.6% and 15.3% respectively.
Changhua Wu, Greater China Director, The Climate Group commented: "With the fast scale up of renewable energy deployment, we started to witness two things happening: continued improvement of technology with higher efficiency; and continued decreasing of costs as prices are approaching parity with conventional energy. This is clearly represented by thin film solar energy. Such technology improvements and dropping costs are powering these continuously growing generation figures, and are another signal that China's clean revolution is underway."