China installed 10.6GW of solar in 2014, according to official data released by the National Energy Administration (NEA), but the final figure could in fact be higher after provinces report full-year connections, expected to be confirmed in the early part of the second quarter of 2015.

The figure includes 2.05GW of distributed PV and represents a 60% increase on the previous year.

A figure over 10.5GW had been anticipated after a meeting of the NEA in late December. Writing for PV Tech, Frank Haugwitz, an expert on PV and renewable energy in China, predicted that there could be as much as 12GW once projects completed late in the year are included in the count.

China had set an informal ambition to install 13GW in 2014, down from initial targets of 14GW with 8GW attributed to distributed generation (DG) but in mid-year that target was dropped.