A target of 35GW of installed capacity for solar power generation by 2015 has been set in China.
A statement issued by the Chinese State Council, backed up targets recently announced by the State Grid, said 10GW would be added each year until 2015.
This is a four-fold increase from the 8GW of capacity installed as of the end of 2012, and 14GW higher than a previously stated 2015 target of 21GW.
The revised target is an attempt to combat changes in the market, including a glut of domestically produced PV equipment in China.
Overcapacity issues have been referred to by the State Council as “severe”, while falling government subsidies and trade disputes including high anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs on Chinese solar products to the USA have also had a serious impact. The European Commission is also expected to increase anti-dumping tariffs from 11.8% to around 47% by the end of August if trade disputes are not resolved.
The State Council offered to support the Chinese domestic industry with measures aimed at stimulating growth, including elimination of outdated production capacity and promotion of small-scale solar power generators. It has also vowed to make subsidies more efficient and to free up the market from bureaucratic buffers, including access to cheap land and greater encouragement of mergers and acquisitions.
Jason Cai, an analyst at Solarzoom in Shanghai, was quoted by Reuters saying China would struggle to meet the target because of the absence of infrastructure to meet intermittent energy capability and a lack of funding for solar subsidies. Cai said that he believed 21GW to be a more achievable target than the State Council’s hoped-for 35GW.