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Published on July 16th, 2013 | by Nicholas Brown


China Becomes The First To Hit The 3 GW Utility-Scale Solar Milestone

July 16th, 2013 by  

China has surpassed the 3 GW (3,000 MW) milestone for utility-scale solar power production capacity. It’s the first country to do so and is sitting pretty at the top of the utility-scale solar rankings.

Apart from that, keep in mind that Chinese homes and businesses are utilizing rooftop solar-power production systems, as well as solar thermal water heaters to reduce electricity usage by eliminating the need for electric water heaters.

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According to project tracker Wiki-Solar, worldwide utility solar added 3.75 GW to electricity production capacity in the first half of 2013, and China contributed more than 1 GW (26%) of that. The world is now close to 15 GW of utility-scale solar power. As the table above shows, the top 5 countries for utility-scale solar (and their capacities) are:

  • China (3.137 GW)
  • Germany (2.896 GW)
  • US (2.895 GW)
  • India (1.19 GW)
  • Spain (1.151 GW)

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  • Bob_Wallace

    India has a lot more installed than I realized. I was more aware of their wind industry. I’m surprised that India has more solar installed than does Spain.

    Good for them.

  • heinbloed

    Forget these numbers.
    Check the data.

    You’re underestimating everything by around 90%

    • Ivor O’Connor

      If anything China is probably only producing 10% of that number. They may have more solar panels installed but how much power do they produce? It’s very possible the USA produces more real power from solar because we have nearly the same number of panels but they are in much sunnier latitudes.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Check the data where?

      Share your sources….

    • Matt

      Your link for check number against?

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