China Installed 16 GW Solar PV In 9M/2019

National Energy Administration Announces China Added 16 GW New Solar PV Capacity In First Nine Months Of 2019 Taking Cumulative To 190 GW
04:57 AM (Beijing Time) - 30. October 2019
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Compared to the first three quarters of 2018 when China reported new PV installations of 34.54 GW, the NEA data shows new capacity addition in 2019 was only 15.99 GW.

Key Takeaways

  • During first three quarters of 2019, China installed 15.99 GW of new solar PV capacity, according to the NEA
  • It came from 7.37 GW of utility scale solar power plants and another 8.26 GW from distributed PV
  • Cumulative PV capacity of the country till September 2019 was 190 GW

Chinese solar PV installations in the first nine months of 2019 reached 15.99 GW.  In the period between July and September, deployments totaled 4.59 GW, after the first two quarters showed capacity additions of 11.4 GW (see China Installed 11.4 GW New Solar In H1/2019).

During this period last year, China had already installed 34.54 GW of new PV (see China Installed 34.54 GW PV In 9M/2018).

On average this means China added only 5 GW per quarter till September 2019. With only three months left before the calendar year closes, it looks quite uncertain if the country will be able to even report the low 33.6 GW 2019 estimate pegged by PV InfoLink in June 2019 (see China To Install 33.6 GW Solar In 2019).

According to the Chinese National Energy Administration (NEA), this 15.99 GW came from 7.37 GW of large-scale solar power plants and 8.26 GW of distributed PV systems. Most of the capacity came up in North China with 5.086 GW, followed by 4.3 GW in the  northwest of the country.

Solar PV power generation in the first nine months of 2019 was 171.5 billion kWh, improving by 28.1% YoY while curtailed PV generation reached 3.25 billion kWh and took place mainly in Xinjiang, Gansu and Qinghai provinces.

The cumulative solar PV capacity of the country till September 30, 2019 reached 190 GW, out of a total renewable energy capacity of 764 GW.

Moving towards becoming a subsidy free solar PV market, China shortlisted 22.79 GW of large-scale and distributed generation solar power projects for RMB 1.7 billion subsidy in 2019 back in July 2019 (see Subsidy For 22.79 GW Chinese Solar Projects In 2019).

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