China's National Energy Administration (NEA) has revealed that the country's installed photovoltaic (PV) capacity hit 50.31 GW at the end of March this year, SeeNews Renewables reports.
The news comes after the country switched on 7.14 GW in the first quarter of 2016.
According to the official statement, China is now operating around 52% more solar parks and PV arrays than it was in the corresponding period of 2015.
In regards to large solar power plants, China plugged in a total of 6.17 GW between January and March. NEA calculations show this resulted in the nominal capacity of such facilities across China rising to 43.29 GW.
The combined capacity of distributed generation (DG) solar arrays in China saw growth from 970 MW to 7.03 GW.
The country's solar power production showed a year-on-year increase of 48% to 11.8 TWH in the first three months of this year, with approximately 1.9TWh not transmitted by the grid.
Xinjiang, Gansu and Ningxia had the highest solar curtailment rates, which stood at 52%, 39% and 20%, respectively.
Since the beginning of this year, PV deployment has been most active in the northern, eastern, middle and southern parts of China, where the combined PV capacity reached 25.6 GW. This resulted in these areas surpassing the northwest's 23.64 GW for the first time.
China was the country with the largest cumulative solar power generation capacity globally at the end of 2015. China aims to reach 150 GW by the end of this decade.