CHINA'S RENEWABLE UP
SHANGHAIDAILY - CHINA'S installed solar power capacity surged over the first half year amid shrinking costs and government policies.
Over the first six months, 23.6 gigawatts of solar power were installed, 34.2 percent higher from a year ago, UBS said yesterday, adding that it was "far more than expected as most domestic analysts predicted at the beginning of the year that only 20-25 gigawatts would be added for the whole year."
Of the installed solar capacity over the first half year, 7 gigawatts was by rooftop panels at consumers' homes, up from below 2 gigawatts a year ago, according to the China Electricity Council.
Alex Liu, UBS analyst, predicted that up to 40 gigawatts of solar power are expected to be installed across China this year, said Alex Liu, analyst at UBS.
Shrinking costs have powered the growth of solar power. Five years ago it cost around 1.5 yuan (22 US cents) to generate a kilowatt-hour of solar power. By the end of last year it cost under 0.6 yuan per kwh, Liu said.
China is also spurring solar power development by giving grants for solar projects and promoting installations in remote and undeveloped regions.
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