China's installed power generation capacity of all sources totaled 2.47 TW by the end of August, up 8% from a year earlier, the National Energy Administration said on September 21.
Wind installed capacity reached 344.5 GW, a 16.6% rise year on year and solar capacity jumped 27.2% to 349.9 GW. Hydropwer capacity was 403.07 GW, rising 5.5% from a year ago, while nuclear power capacity was up 4.3% to 55.53 GW. Thermal power capacity was 1.31 TW by the end of August, rising 2.7% from the year-ago level, NEA data showed.
In the first eight months this year, the utilization of power units averaged 2,499 hours, down 67 hours from a year earlier, while thermal-based units declined 64 hours to 2,930 hours. The operation of nuclear and wind units also declined by 224 and 40 hours to 4,995 hours and 1,460 hours, respectively.
In January-August, China invested a total of 320.9 billion yuan ($45 billion) in major power projects, a 18.7% year on year. Investment on solar farms soared 323.8% to 102.5 billion, and investment on grid projects rose 10.7% to 266.7 billion yuan.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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