Originally published on Sustainnovate.
By Henry Lindon
An additional 5.3 gigawatts (GW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity allocations has been announced by the Chinese government for certain provinces in the economic powerhouse, according to recent reports.
The 14 provinces in question will now be required to develop these 5.3 GW of further projects, in addition to the earlier determined 2015 goals. Plans for these new projects are currently expected to be submitted within the next month — and construction is expected to begin within the year.
Altogether, the provinces in question will have until the end of 2016 to finish them and connect them to the grid — based on what’s stated in publicly released documents from the National Energy Administration (NEA).
The previous goal — before these 5.3 GW of new projects were added — was 17.8 GW.
The new requirements have been forced on specific counties and cities within the provinces in question, according to the Beijing-based solar industry consultant Frank Haugwitz. He stated: “These provinces are believed to have outperformed so far and therefore were granted another 5.3 GW. Some provinces have requirements like competitive bidding, in Inner Mongolia, or only green energy counties are eligible, or exact locations, even specific cities, were identified. These selected locations, it is my understanding, are not subject to grid curtailment or experience less curtailment, otherwise what would be the logic to ask for more (capacity)?”
China’s solar growth, plans, and policies just keep on growing….
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