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China Already Exceeded Their 2020 Goal For Solar Energy Capacity

By Brian Spaen

China has already blown past their solar capacity goals, more than three years in advance. By the end of 2020, the country was hoping to see 105 gigawatts worth of solar panels installed. As of last July, they’ve already reached the 112.34-gigawatt mark, and now they could reach double their old goal three years from now.

This year has seen record amounts of solar energy being installed in China. Over the first six months of the year, they added 24.4 gigawatts of capacity. Most of that was added in June, where they saw 13.5 gigawatts hit the ground running. In July alone, they added 10.5 more gigawatts. Doing all the math, that’s nearly 35 gigawatts worth of solar panels installed over 2017.

Putting things in perspective, no other country had more than 42.8 gigawatts of total capacity at the end of 2016, which was in Japan. While they will be limited to installing around eight gigawatts this year, the United States has jumped up to 44.7 gigawatts of solar power after the first quarter of 2017.