• 07.25.11

Infographic: How China’s Clean Tech Industry Crushes The U.S.

China may be the world’s biggest polluter, but they’re also investing heavily in clean and renewable energy solutions–and far surpassing the U.S.’s puny attempts in the process.

It can, at times, seem like a new report comes out every day discussing how China is beating the U.S. in the clean energy game. We’ve seen lots of numbers thrown around, but this massive infographic from One Block Off The Grid highlights just how far ahead China really is.


First, the basics. China’s solar, wind, and total renewable energy capacity blows the U.S. out of the water. The country has no doubt been helped by the 863 Program, a government-funded initiative that funds advanced energy technology. And, of course, hefty investments don’t hurt.

This one is pretty self-explanatory. China is getting ahead because the country is outspending the United States–by several billion dollars.

Will China continue to dominate the U.S. in the clean tech industry? Probably, unless the U.S. suddenly decides to ramp up investing, give military dollars to renewable energy projects, increase manufacturing, and promote cleantech investments for individuals and households. Check out the full-sized infographic here.

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Ariel Schwartz is a Senior Editor at Co.Exist. She has contributed to SF Weekly, Popular Science, Inhabitat, Greenbiz, NBC Bay Area, GOOD Magazine and more.