BEIJING, Aug 7 (Reuters) - China added 3.3 gigawatts (GW) of solar power generation capacity to its national grid in the first half of the year, nearly doubling the solar capacity from the same period a year ago, the National Energy Administration said on Thursday.
China, however, may have to accelerate building new capacity to meet a government target of adding more than 13 GW of solar capacity this year, the administration said.
China is slated to overtake Europe as the biggest solar power producer this year, boosted by a local push to expand green energy sources, research firm IHS has said.
China is pushing power producers and industries to use cleaner energy sources to appease urban populations turning against the nation’s growth-at-all-costs economic model that has poisoned much of the country’s air, water and soil.
China aims to raise the share of non-fossil fuels in the overall energy mix to 10.7 percent by the end of this year from 9.8 percent at the end of 2013. (Reporting by Judy Hua and Fayen Wong; Editing by Tom Hogue)