China approves target of 110 GW of solar capacity by 2020

21 Dec 2016

The National Energy Administration (NEA) of China has released its latest five-year plan for the solar industry, confirming the target of 110 GW by 2020 announced in November 2016, and then the 20% reduction on the original 150 GW target. The new target includes 5 GW of solar CSP capacity but no longer sets a specific target for distributed generation projects (previous target of 60 GW).

In 2020, installed solar capacity should reach 12 GW (each) in the Hebei, Shanxi and Inner Mongolia provinces, 10 GW in Qinghai and Shandong and 8 GW in Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Nigxia. So far, 43 GW were installed until the end of 2015 and 73 to 78 GW could be installed by the end of 2016 due to a rush to commission solar plants before feed-in tariff cuts in 2017.

In September 2016, the NEA proposed significant decreases in solar feed-in tariffs for 2017, for both distributed PV plants and ground-mounted PV plants, ranging between 23% and 52%.

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