Under the agreement reached Wednesday between President Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping, the United States committed to cut greenhouse gas emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. China says its carbon dioxide emissions will peak around 2030, and that it will increase its non-carbon share of energy use to 20 percent.
In both cases — whether or not the targets will be met — solar will play a major role. China’s chief method of lowering fossil fuel emissions will be by adding solar to the mix, along with wind power. Similarly, according to the White House, various “initiatives and incentives” will be used to push solar and wind power here.