PV TECH | According to official figures released by China’s National Energy Administration, new solar capacity installations in the third quarter of 2019 slumped to only 4.6GW under new support mechanisms that were implemented mid-year.
The cumulative PV installations in the first three quarters of 2019 have only reached 16GW, a record low for installs, when compared to the last four years (2016-2019).
China’s total cumulative installations have reached 190GW, still the world’s largest installed capacity.
The NEA also noted that utility-scale PV power plant installations through the first nine months of 2019 had reached 7.73GW, while distributed PV installations had reached 8.26GW.
The NEA had previously approved nearly 22GW of solar capacity for the country’s new feed-in tariffs scheme back in July.
Curtailment issues for PV power plants in regions such as Xinjiang, Gansu and Qinghai were still on-going. Curtailment, due to grid capacity issues was said to have improved year-on-year.
In Gansu province, the curtailment rate was 4.8% (460 million kWh), down 5.1 percentage points year-on-year.