January 2013: China increased its 2015 solar power target from 21 gigawatts to 35 gigawatts in light of record high levels of smog in Beijing. The new target would increase solar power installations by more than five-fold from 6.5 gigawatts of solar capacity in 2012, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
There were 73 gigawatts of solar capacity installed globally at the end of 2011.
“We’ve got more pressure to save energy and reduce emissions as smog worsens due to pollution.”
Shi Dinghuan, Chinese Renewable Energy Society (Source: Bloomberg)