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China added 5.2 GW of solar power capacity in the first quarter of 2019

7 Jun 2019

According to the National Energy Administration (NEA) of China, 5.2 GW of new solar capacity were installed in China during the first quarter of 2019, raising the country's solar capacity to nearly 180 GW at the end of March 2019. Centralised solar power plant capacity rose by 2.4 GW to around 123 GW during the first quarter of 2019, while distributed PV capacities increased by 2.8 GW to 53 GW. Solar PV capacity significantly increased in the provinces of Zhejiang (+7.3 GW to 12.1 GW), Inner Mongolia (+4.3 GW to 9.9 GW) and Hubei (+3.8 GW to 5.5 GW).

Solar PV power generation reached 44 TWh in the first quarter of 2019 (+26% compared to the same period of 2018) and power losses continued to decline; they are mainly located in Xinjiang (12% loss rate) and Gansu (7%).

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