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More green energy powers China's coal-rich Shanxi

2024-01-31 16:52:58


Rows of photovoltaic panels installed over the hills provide unique scenery in Nianzhang township of Xiaxian county in Yuncheng city, Shanxi province. [Photo by Zhang Xiufeng/For]

TAIYUAN -- China's major coal-producing region of Shanxi has stepped up renewable energy growth over the last year amid efforts to seek low-carbon and greener development.

Its installed renewable energy capacity reached 53.09 GW at the end of 2023, up 22.6 percent year-on-year, according to the Shanxi provincial statistics bureau.

The figure accounts for 39.9 percent of the total installed power generation capacity in the province, up by 4.1 percentage points from a year ago, the agency said.

The electricity generated from renewable energy sources, including hydropower, wind, solar, and biomass, hit 89.2 billion kWh last year, up 17.9 percent year-on-year and accounting for one-fifth of its total power generation.

As a pivotal energy base, the province helps guarantee the country's energy supply with coal and electricity.

Last year, Shanxi province sent a record high of 157.6 billion kWh of electricity to 23 provincial-level regions.