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Published on January 16th, 2013 | by Adam Johnston


China Targeting 10 GW of New Solar Capacity In 2013

January 16th, 2013 by  

We are two weeks into the new year and China continues its march towards clean energy dominance. The Asian giant is aiming to have up to 10 gigawatts (GW) of new solar capacity this year.

According to PV Magazine, if successful, will more than double its total capacity currently at 7GW.

Meanwhile the country envisions having a total of 21GW by 2015.

Seven gigawatts is pretty impressive for solar capacity for any country, especially China, and how rapidly they have gotten there.

In 1999, China only had 16 megawatts (0.016 GW). Ten years ago in 2003 that number sat at 42MW (0.042GW), while in 2008, Chinese solar capacity grew to 140MW(0.14GW).

The recent announcement has been apart of a string of positive news within China’s solar industry. Yingli Green Energy also became the largest solar company in the world, beating out Suntech. Yingli shares have also jumped up within the past month from its month low on December 17th at $2.31/share to its most recent high of $3.05/share on January 9th. Share prices at the end of trading on January 15th were $2.90/share.

How Far Can China Continue to Move Up the Solar Ladder?

There is no doubt China continues to move its way up the renewable energy ladder in solar and wind. If China’s economy continues to rebound, furthering the need for cleaner energy, solar energy capacity targets now targeted for China, could easily be beaten.

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Is currently studying at the School of the Environment Professional Development program in Renewable Energy from the University of Toronto. Adam graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a three-year B.A. combined major in Economics and Rhetoric, Writing & Communications. Adam also writes for Solar Love and also owns his own part time tax preparation business. His eventual goal is to be a cleantech policy analyst, and is currently sharpening his skills as a renewable energy writer. You can follow him on Twitter @adamjohnstonwpg or at

  • 7GWs end of 2012, adding 10GWs in 2013. 17GWs end of 2013.
    Cutting back in 14/15? They should pass 25 in 2014 at current rate. But maybe plan is they go back to mostly export in 14/15

  • jburt56

    Should be more like 100 GW per year.

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