China installed more wind energy capacity in 2020 than the whole world in 2019
The country installed 71 GW new wind power capacity during COVID year (nearly tripled from 2019 added capacity in China). In comparison, 60.4 GW new wind power capacity was added globally in 2019 (including China).
New added solar power capacity also rebounded in 2020 to 48.2GW after falling for two straight years, beating an earlier industry estimate of 40GW.
The Chinese government has vowed to increase the share of renewable energy in its primary energy consumption to 25% by 2030 (15% in 2020) as part of the long term ambition to be carbon neutral by 2060. China aims to take its total installed wind and solar capacity to 1,200GW by 2030. By the end of 2020, China had 281.5GW of wind energy and 253.4GW of solar energy capacities.
Thermal power capacity has also increased with 56GW (coal and gas) in 2020. It will be very interesting to see the energy transformation process in coming decades in China and the rest of the world.
Some perspectives; 1GW lights 110 million LEDS or a rough indication 1GW taking care for about one million homes in developed economies.
Sources : National Energy Administration (NEA), SCMP