Jun 6, 2018

China's solar energy explosion reveals a dim future for fossil fuels

According to a 2016 study, the top contributor of air pollution-related deaths in China is the burning of coal.


China is on a mission to become the next green superpower. The country is the largest investor in renewable energy, sinking $126.6 billion into the industry in 2017, a 30% increase from the year prior.

Solar is a big part of those investments. By 2020, China hopes to be generating 110 gigawatts of solar power — enough to power more than 30 million homes — as part of an ambitious plan to cut carbon emissions. By 2030, China vows to increase the amount of energy coming from non-fossil fuels to 20% of the total (from about 13% currently).

China's shift away from coal and other fossil fuels has accelerated in the last decade. In the past several years, the country has developed several massive solar farms, and the trend doesn't seem to be slowing down any time soon.

By Leanna Garfield - Businnes Insider