China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) is formulating plans to set up distributed PV generation demonstration plants across the country.

The plans were announced at a meeting convened by the NEA earlier this month attended by PV Tech.

The pilots will operate in National Economic Development Zones and industrial parks across China with large numbers of industrial companies, high energy usage and prices, and strong solar resources.

The NEA requires that the chosen parks should be financed by a single development team, using a ‘self-generate/consume’ model, and that the demand of the subsidies should be no more than RMB0.45/kWh.

Last September the Chinese government unveiled plans to stimulate local PV demand with a programme to promote distributed solar generation. The measures were brought in to address overcapacity in China’s PV manufacturing industry and trade tensions with Europe and the US.

This month’s meeting was hosted by Liu Qi, deputy director of NEA, and NEA’s new director Wu Xinxiong gave a keynote speech.

Attendees also included officers from many local development and reform commissions and local energy administrations, from Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Hebei, Guangdong, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Shandong, Liaoning, Jiangxi and other provinces, as well as from the cities of Shenzhen, Ningbo, Qingdao and Dalian.