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China’s National Energy Administration: 17.8 GW Of New Solar PV In 2015 (~20% Increase)

China flagChina’s National Energy Administration (NEA) has effectively confirmed its solar photovoltaic (PV) installation target for 2015 as being 17.8 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity, following the release of new figures from NEA, according to major media reports in China.

The new figures also provide confirmation that the distributed generation goals introduced last year have been scrapped — owing to various reasons, but mostly due to actual installation figures coming nowhere close to previously stated goals.

This new target is approximately a 20% increase over its previous 2015 target of 15 GW (or 14 GW if you use an earlier target).

Interestingly, this year, there’s no indication of how much of the target (or targets) is supposed to come from small-scale (distributed) solar and how much from larger solar projects. Last year, China dramatically missed its small-scale solar target. It’s been estimated by the Chinese government that 2 GW of small-scale solar were installed, while the target was 8 GW.

Perhaps the national government didn’t want to risk missing its target again by its challenges with the small-scale solar market, and greater unpredictability in that sphere.


Here’s a quick overview and breakdown of the new figures:

  • Hebei — 1.2 GW of new solar PV capacity is the target, with 300 megawatts (MW) slated for poverty-relief pilot programs
  • Shanxi — 650 MW is the target, with 200 MW slated for poverty-relief pilot programs
  • Inner Mongolia — 800 MW is the target
  • Liaoning — 300 MW is the target
  • Jilin — 300 MW is the target
  • Heilongjiang — 300 MW is the target
  • Jiangsu — 1 GW is the target
  • Zhejiang — 1 GW is the target
  • Anhui — 1 GW is the target, with 400 MW slated for poverty-relief pilot programs
  • Guangdong — 1 GW is the target
  • Qinghai — 1 GW is the target, with 150 MW slated for poverty-relief pilot programs
  • Ningxia — 1 GW is the target, with 200 MW slated for poverty-relief pilot programs
  • Xinjiang — 1.3 GW is the target
  • Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps — 500 MW is the target
  • Shangdong — 800 MW is the target
  • Shaanxi — 900 MW is the target
  • Jiangxi — 600 MW is the target
  • Sichuan — 600 MW is the target
  • Yunnan — 600 MW is the target
  • Gansu — 500 MW is the target, with 250 MW slated for poverty-relief pilot programs
  • Hubei — 500 MW is the target
  • Fujian — 400 MW is the target
  • He’nan — 400 MW is the target
  • Hu’nan — 400 MW is the target
  • Guangxi — 350 MW is the target
  • Hainan — 200 MW is the target
  • Guizhou — 200 MW is the target

Solar project plans are supposed to be submitted by regional departments by April.

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