When you think about China, the first image that pops up in your head is probably a busy metropolis consumed by thick smog. Well, in actuality, China is the biggest player in renewable energy – with 77.42 gigawatts of solar power production, China is now officially the largest solar power producer in the world.
I think we can all agree that shifting from conventional sources of energy to renewable ones is crucial (if you think otherwise, you probably need to read more scientific literature). Whereas the US seems to be heading in the wrong direction, China has quietly been transforming the old definition of an energy source. The National Energy Administration has revealed that China’s solar power production more than doubled last year, hitting 77.42 gigawatts.
Unlike the US where anti-science has become political rhetoric for the Republican Party, China is more receptive to renewable energy.
It wants to add over 110 gigawatts by 2020 and predicts that indeed, solar energy will account for a bigger portion of the country’s total power output in the near future. More specifically, China foresees that non-fossil fuel power will increase from a mere 11 percent now to 20 percent by 2030. Unlike the US where anti-science has become political rhetoric for the Republican Party, China is more receptive to renewable energy and its political system allows for a more efficient (albeit less democratic) implementation of policies.