China hasÂ unveiled a plan to add a massive 49 gigawatts of clean energy capacity this year, including 18 gigawatts of wind power, 10 gigawatts of solar installations, and 21 gigawatts of hydroelectric capacity.
According to a statement from the National Energy Administration, the plan is to â€œdevelop energy in sync with the ecosystem, turning from excessive reliance on conventional hydrocarbon energy to more dependence on new and renewable energy.â€
Reports are also expecting that these changes will cause China to surpass Germany as the worldâ€™s largest solar market.
As the worldâ€™s second largest economy, this should help us all in making the hefty emission cuts needed to prevent runaway climate change.
Image CC licensed by Land Rover Our Planet: A Windfarm in Ningxia Province, Northern China