The Chinese government has made a fresh call for new PV and BIPV applications from regional governments under the Golden Sun programme to boost PV growth in the country and help local PV manufacturers.

In particular, the government is hoping to encourage the installation of PV systems in public areas such as in schools, hospitals and public buildings.

Under the Golden Sun programme, crystalline silicon PV modules must have a minimum conversion efficiency rate of 15% whilst amorphous silicon thin-film modules must have a minimum conversation rate of 8%. Moreover, the modules must be manufactured by the suppliers.

In order to encourage more applications, the government is offering subsidies on all Golden Sun projects. PV projects and “general” BIPV projects will benefit from a subsidy of RMB5.5 per watt (US$0.88) while BIPV projects focusing on “the type of building materials and the architecture” will receive a subsidy of RMB7 per watt as reported by PV-Tech’s sister site Design Build Solar. Off-grid PV power plants in remote areas will receive higher subsidies at RMB25 per watt whilst residential PV systems will benefit from RMB18 per watt. To qualify for these subsidies, all projects must be completed by 30 June 2013. Projects completed after this date will benefit from a reduced subsidy.

In addition to solar applications, the government is also encouraging PV applications combined with other “green” projects including other forms of renewable energy. Applications must be submitted by 15 November 2013 and will be subject to scrutiny by the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Energy Board.