At the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 22nd, China’s President Xi Jinping announced that China will strive to reach peak carbon emission by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2060. For the world’s top carbon emitter and second-largest economy, such a pledge is bold and ambitious. Tsinghua University’s Institute of Energy, Environment and Economy, one of China’s top climate research institutes, has laid out a roadmap on Sept. 26th detailing the completely phase-out of coal power and surge in alternative energy for achieving net-zero. Under this plan, Solar will see the greatest boost in the next few decades. With the most ambitious climate goal ever seen in the world laying out timetables for the next round of energy revolution, what’s needed next is a more specific roadmap accompanying all existing and new PV policies. In this writeup, several pathways for driving solar energy expansion in China are proposed. All hold the potential to continuously keep China’s solar capacity growing and decarbonize the power grid.
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