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China Could Hit 2030 Renewable Target by 2025 on Local Ambitions

  • Plans by provinces, cities would see target hit 5 years early
  • Announced additions only cover 65% of provinces and cities
Photovoltaic panels at a solar farm and wind turbines near a coal fired power station in Jiaxing, China, earlier in March.

Photovoltaic panels at a solar farm and wind turbines near a coal fired power station in Jiaxing, China, earlier in March.

Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

China could hit its 2030 renewables target at least five years early if local governments meet the ambitious goals they’ve laid out.

Development plans from 22 of China’s 34 regional governments are aiming for more than 600 gigawatts of renewable capacity combined to be added from 2021 through 2025. That would more than double the 535 gigawatts of wind and solar capacity in place at the of 2020 and approach President Xi Jinping’s target of having 1,200 gigawatts of renewables in place by the end of the decade.