China may not be residing in everybody’s good books; however, Australia is looking for greater collaboration between the two countries. Chief executive of the Australian Solar Energy Society (AuSES), John Grimes told his audience at the Sixth China (Jinan) Solar Utilization Convention and Exhibition in Shandong Province this month that Australia’s geographical location and expertise can aid China’s continued growth within the industry.
“With support from municipal, provincial and central governments, China is now the 7th largest market for PV solar in the world, and will only assume even greater importance in coming years as China works towards ambitious targets to reduce its energy consumption and carbon emissions while boosting renewable energy production levels.”
Grimes believes China’s goal to cap coal energy consumption by 2015 has provided a gap in the market that Australia can fill. “We are one of the major markets for solar energy in the Asia-Pacific region which will account for around one-quarter of global solar PV demand by 2015,” said Grimes.