China’s Fight Against Pollution To Generate Billions In Extra Solar Income
By Irina Slav,oilprice – Jul 09, 2019, 11:00 AM CDT
China’s efforts to reduce some of the world’s worst air pollution are having a bonus positive effect: they are improving the country’s potential to generate solar power as more sunlight reaches the surface of the planet in that part of the world.
Reuters reports that a team of researchers had calculated that China’s photovoltaic potential fell by about 15 percent between 1960 and 2015 because of growing pollution. As a result, by 2016 China was missing out on generating as much as 14 TWh of electricity from solar installations annually, Gizmodo reported, citing the research. That’s enough to power 1.3 households and it also cost local utilities almost US$2 billion in lost power output