China installed 20 GW of solar power over the first six months of 2016, according to a report by the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA).
Xinhua reported that the association found this to be three times the installation volume of this time last year.
The surge in capacity extended China‘s lead over Germany as the top solar generator.
Power developers were pushed to complete installations ahead of a proposed reduction in the price paid for solar power by grid operators, the association said.
China’ government decreed in late 2015 that only projects that were operational by June 30, 2016, would be eligible for a ‘feed-in tariff’ of roughly 1.0 yuan (15 U.S. cents) per kilowatt hour (kwh), while projects completed after that date would be eligible for a lower tariff rate.
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