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China grid-connects 34.2GW of solar in 2016, says NEA

China connected roughly 34.2GW of new solar capacity to the grid in 2016, according to government statistics. 

The nation’s cumulative installed PV capacity now stands at approximately 77.4GW, according to statistics from the National Energy Administration (NEA). 

In 2017, China is on track to potentially surpass the government’s 2020 target of 105GW of installed solar capacity. 

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However, the curtailment of completed solar capacity from the national grid remains a serious problem. 

In northwestern provinces such as Gansu, as well as the vast Xinjiang region, the average curtailment rate reached approximately 19.7% in the first half of 2016, according to the NEA.

In the months ahead, developers will likely rush to finish projects in the months to come, ahead of downward revisions to the country’s feed-in tariff. 

As a result, as much as 20GW of fresh PV capacity could be completed in the first six months of 2017, according to the China-based Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory.

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