China has just announcedÂ 41% growth in wind power generation in 2012, a massive leap toward its clean energy target for 2015.
According to the National Energy Administration, Chinaâ€™s total wind power production for 2012 reached 11.8 billion kilowatt hours. Grid-connected capacity increased from 47.8 gigawatts in 2011 to 62.7 gigawatts in 2012, a 31% increase.
â€œRenewable energy development and installations have become a proven, key part of Chinaâ€™s efforts to decarbonize its economy,â€ said Changhua Wu, Greater China Director at The Climate Group. â€œChallenges remain today that need to be addressed, but the progress so far made by the worldâ€™s second-largest economy is exciting and encouraging.â€
Chinaâ€™s current goal is to install 100 gigawatts of grid-connected wind energy by 2015 and produce 190 billion kilowatt hours. There is also a solar power goal in place for 2015, which the country has recently raised from 21 gigawatts to 35 gigawatts. These big jumps in clean energy are a great indication that China is on the right track to meeting and even exceeding these goals.
Image CC licensed byÂ Land Rover Our Planet: A Windfarm in Ningxia Province, Northern China