China installed 18 percent less solar power capacity in 2018

China put over 43 GW of new solar generation capacity into operation in 2018, down 18 percent from 53 GW in 2017, according to news agency »Reuters«. The new generation took the country’s total installed solar power capacity to more than 170 GW by the end of the year, the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA) said. China announced last year that it would suspend new projects after a record 53 GW capacity increase in 2017 left it struggling to find spare grid capacity and pay a renewable subsidy backlog amounting to more than CNY 140 billion ($20.69 billion) last year.

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