A staggering 165 gigawatts of renewables were completed last year which accounted for two thirds of the net expansion of electricity supply for the year. A lot of the huge increase in solar power use is thanks to China. China installed almost as much solar in 2016 as all the other countries in the world combined. This surge of photovoltaics being installed throughout China is largely down to government support for renewables after the population has become increasingly concerned about the dire air pollution problems.
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