China on track to install 75 to 90 gigawatts of solar in 2022

Nearly 31 gigawatts (GW) of new solar power capacity was installed in China in the first half of 2022. Under optimistic assumptions, the national PV industry association CPIA (China Photovoltaic Industry Association) expects a total of 90 GW to be achieved this year; under more conservative assumptions, 75 GW could be reached. The current maximum was reached last year with 54.9 GW.
The newly installed capacity recorded in the first half of 2022 is a good 137 percent higher than in the same period last year (14.1 GW). According to CPIA, 13.2 GW were newly installed in the first quarter of 2022 and 17.7 GW in the second quarter. In total, around 340 GW of cumulated PV capacity were connected to the grid in China at the end of June, which corresponds to a good 240 watts per inhabitant. In view of current plans to restrict the use of land suitable for agriculture or in coastal regions, the CPIA sees a possible threat to the long-term expansion targets in the sufficient availability of land.

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