May 19, 2015 / 11:35 AM / in 3 years

UPDATE 1-China's needs to exceed solar, wind targets to meet 2020 energy goal - official

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BEIJING, May 19 (Reuters) - China will need to exceed its official targets for installed solar and wind capacity in order to reach its goal of raising the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy use to 15 percent in 2020, an energy official said on Tuesday.

Installed capacity will need to reach 150 gigawatts (GW) for solar and 250 GW for installed wind, Shi Lishan, the deputy head of the office for new and renewable energy at the National Energy Administration (NEA), said at the World Hydropower Congress in Beijing.

The official targets, as outlined in a central government document late last year, are 200 GW of installed wind capacity and “around” 100 GW of solar.

Installed solar capacity jumped 5 GW in the first quarter of 2015 to more than 33 GW.

In March, China raised its 2015 solar target to 17.8 GW.

Shi didn’t give a figure for installed hydropower capacity, noting that the challenges facing construction were now intensifying as a result of growing environmental costs and the need to relocate residents displaced by large scale dams.

The NEA is part of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), China’s powerful central planning agency. (Reporting by David Stanway; Writing by Adam Rose; Editing by Louise Heavens)

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