China is achieving its carbon neutrality target with new energy installed capacity hitting a new high of 35.83 million kWh of electricity. The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region making headway in the country’s renewable energy drive.
Since 2015, total solar and wind capacity has increased by 135 percent. The new energy installed capacity in Xinjiang is the second-highest among all provincial branches of the State Grid Corporation of China, thanks to abundant solar and wind power (SGCC).
According to SGCC’s Xinjiang branch’s announcement, the amount of electricity transmitted from Xinjiang to other regions is expected to reach 110 billion kWh this year, with about 27 billion kWh coming from new energy production.
In the first five months of 2020, the figure was 35 billion kWh, with renewable energy accounting for 26.5 percent of the total.
In 2020, new energy electricity generation reached 84.5 billion kWh, accounting for 24 percent of total electricity generated in Xinjiang, with solar power accounting for most of it. It’s the same as 27 million tonnes of coal, which would have released 72.9 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
According to the local government’s 2020 work paper, Xinjiang aims to raise new energy installed capacity to 82.4 million kWh of electricity by the end of China’s 14th Five-Year Plan.
Xinjiang’s new energy market’s rapid growth, which aims to become a significant renewable energy base in China, would significantly contribute to China’s target of achieving a carbon dioxide emissions peak before 2030 and carbon neutrality 2020.