China adds 3.3GW of PV in first half

China installed 3.3GW of solar in the first half of 2014, including 2.3GW of utility-scale capacity and roughly 1GW of distributed-generation PV.

The national total — bolstered by explosive development in northwest China's Xinjiang region — is approximately twice as much as the amount installed in the six months to 30 June, 2013, the National Energy Administration (NEA) said in an online statement.

The figures appear to support recent comments by analysts suggesting that developers will roll out most of their projects in the final six months of 2014.

China installed about 10GW of solar in 2013. The country now has roughly 23GW of cumulative PV capacity, according to data from Bloomberg.

Xinjiang installed the most in the first half of this year, with roughly 900MW of new utility-scale projects.

Eastern China's Jiangsu province came second, with roughly 390MW, including 120MW of utility-scale capacity. The province also led the nation in distributed generation, with 270MW installed.

The Chinese government wants distributed-generation projects to account for a significant portion of the nation's installations in 2014.

Zhejiang province — also in eastern China — ranked third in terms of new capacity, with 270MW installed. Roughly 170MW of that was distributed generation — the second highest total in the nation — while utility-scale projects accounted for the remainder.

The Inner Mongolia region placed fourth in terms of total new capacity with 220MW, all of it utility scale.

Hebei province near Beijing took fifth place with 190MW installed, including 140MW of utility-scale capacity.

Earlier this week, the NEA revised its 2014 solar installation target to 13GW, from its initial goal — set last summer — of 10GW. However, throughout this year the NEA has repeatedly said that it hoped installations could soar as high as 14GW, with 8GW coming from distributed-generation projects.