Watch solar energy farms in China’s Gobi desert grow threefold between 2012 and 2015. via takepart.com
Only three years separate these two images of solar panels in China’s Gansu province in the Gobi Desert. But it’s clear that the carbon-free power plant grew nearly threefold over that time.
According to information gathered by NASA Earth Observatory, the total installed solar power capacity in Gansu province hit 5.2 gigawatts last year, and the country is targeting an additional half gigawatt by the end of this year. Nationwide China’s installed solar capacity was just more than 28 gigawatts by the close of 2014—that’s three times the capacity installed in 2013.
Just halfway into 2015, that capacity has grown to 33 gigawatts.