China adopts ‘more aggressive’ 70GW PV target for 2017

  • United PV
    The new figure is a step up on previous long-term targets. Source: United PV.

China has set itself a target to reach an installed solar generation capacity of 70GW by 2017.

The figure was part of a document released by the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) as part of a strategy to tackle air pollution.

“Regarding the PV-related targets, this spells out 35GW by 2015, including 20GW of distributed PV and 15GW of solar farms. The total target is the same as announced before,” Ray Lian, senior analyst at NPD Solarbuzz told PV Tech.

“The 70GW by 2017, including 35GW of distributed PV, this is a new announcement and is a bit more aggressive than the 100GW by 2020 announced before,” said Lian.

The government has capped this year’s feed-in tariff quota at 14GW, with around 8GW set aside for distributed projects. This is neither a target nor a limit on how much PV will be installed in the country this year.

PV-Tech Storage Promo


Preview Latest
We won't share your details - promise!


  • Photovoltaics International 25th Edition

    In this issue we offer some insights into what the next wave of photovoltaic technologies may look like as that upturn gathers pace. Industry observers have been in broad agreement that the major next-gen PV technology innovations won’t happen straight away. But there’s also little doubt that the search is now on in earnest for the breakthroughs that will come to define the state of the art in the industry in the years to come.

  • Manufacturing The Solar Future: The 2014 Production Annual

    Although the past few years have proved extremely testing for PV equipment manufacturers, falling module prices have driven solar end-market demand to previously unseen levels. That demand is now starting to be felt by manufacturers, to the extent that leading companies are starting to talk about serious capacity expansions later this year and into 2015. This means that the next 12 months will be a critical period if companies throughout the supply chain are to take full advantage of the PV industry’s next growth phase.



Solar Media