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Table 2 Background information for Foshan, Rizhao, and Wuxi (all data compiled from the National Bureau of Statistics of China, except where indicated)

From: Spatiotemporal perspectives on urban energy transitions: a comparative study of three cities in China

   Foshan Rizhao Wuxi
Basic characteristics (2016) Location Southeast; coastal Northeast; coastal East; coastal-inland
Administrative status Prefecture-level city Prefecture-level city Prefecture-level city
Province Guangdong Shandong Jiangsu
GDP (billion yuan) 801.0 180.2 921
Population (million) 7.43 2.99 6.53
Area (km2) 3797 5358 4627
Solar energy potentiala In “solar-rich” category (Category III) In “solar-rich” category (Category III) In “solar-rich” category (Category III)
Main drivers of solar innovation A boom in household PV installations Co-evolution of solar technology and urban planning Adjustment of industrial policy to household practices
Energy profile (2016)b Total energy consumption (10,000 tons of standard coal equivalent) 1740 2694 3800c
Coal consumption (10,000 tons) 1088 1115 2559
Electricity consumption (100 million kWh) 287.4 177.0 638.7
  1. a;
  2. National Research Council. (2011). The power of renewables: opportunities and challenges for China and the United States. National Academies Press. (page. 45)
  3. bSource: Foshan statistical yearbook 2017; Rizhao statistical yearbook 2017; Wuxi statistical yearbook 2017
  4. cThis figure of Wuxi is for the year of 2015