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Xinjiang sees growth in renewable energy production

  URUMQI, Oct. 19 (Xinhua) -- Northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has seen a surge in the electricity generation from clean energy.

  According to State Grid Xinjiang Electric Power Co., Ltd., wind and solar power generated 27.81 billion and 9.07 billion kilowatt hours (kwh) of electricity, respectively, in the first nine months of 2018 in the region.

  With abundant wind and solar resources, Xinjiang is a pioneer in using new energy in China, with installed new-energy capacity having exceeded 27 million kilowatts so far.

  China's renewable energy is quickly developing. The National Energy Administration said the total installed renewable energy capacity had reached 650 million kilowatts by end-2017, up 14 percent from 2016. Renewable energy, also including water and biomass power, generated 1.7 trillion kwh of electricity last year, accounting for 26.4 percent of the country's total.