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By Randy Leonard Posted at 1:41 p.m. on Aug. 8, 2014
In the first six months of this year, China added 3.3 gigawatts of solar power capacity, which is more capacity than Australia has, Bloomberg News reported. The addition, twice as much as in the first half of last year, brings China’s total solar capacity to 23 gigawatts.
The news comes after China announced it had added 13 gigawatts of hydropower this year and plans to cut coal generation in Beijing to reduce air pollution.
The country’s energy administration hopes to install a total of 13 gigawatts of solar power this year, much of it in the form of distributed solar on consumers’ rooftops, Bloomberg reported.
Energy Xtra covers the energy community in Washington.
Randy Leonard (@randyleonard) writes for Energy Xtra. He has covered energy and environment issues since 2001 and joined CQ Roll Call in 2013.