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Potential huge for China to go 'green'

By Wang Zhongying, Zhao Yongqiang, and Gao Hu (China Daily)

08:40, November 23, 2012

A worker maintains a solar-powered street lamp in Laian county of Anhui province. The county is developing more wind and solar energy. (China Daily Photo)

Yet China already the leader in hydro and solar energy

As the biggest producer and consumer of energy in the world, China faces many challenges. The pressure to ensure the supply of energy is increasing and so is the pressure to deal with the associated environment issues.

In response, the Chinese government has been calling for a transformation in the way energy is developed and adjusting the structure of related industries, especially the use of renewable resources.

Since 2005, China has promulgated a series of regulations to support the development of renewable energy, including the law on renewable energy. In the meantime, it has also established a development fund system and attracted investment from diversified sources which has helped speed up the development pace of the country's renewable energy industry.

In 2011, China's installed hydropower capacity reached 230 million kW, the top in the world. The nation's installed wind power capacity of 47 million kW was also the biggest globally. The country also achieved progress in the application of solar and geothermal energy.

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