Major PV manufacturer Yingli Green has reported the completion of a 10MW PV power plant in China and the start of construction of a 20MW plant in the country this week.
Yingli Green said that it had completed the important grid connection for a 10MW power plant in China's Hebei Province in late December 2014, while also announcing the start of construction of a 20MW PV power plant in Shule County, Xinjiang Province, China.
Yingli Green had a 1.4GW PV project pipeline in China last year that was at a number of different approval stages across many Chinese provinces, although the majority of planned projects were located in Northeast China, such as Hebei, Tianjin and Beijing.
The recent PV project activity could indicate that PV deployment in China in 2015 will follow a different course than last year, when there was a significant lull in the start of project construction due to regulatory delay’s, notably in respect to the DG (Distributed Generation) market.
As a result a significant bottleneck developed in the second-half of the year to install around 10GW to meet China’s stated goal of 13GW of new connected PV.
Instead of a lull, which forced several leading companies to lower expected PV project completions for 2014, project activity momentum built late last year could carry through 2015, reducing the risk of late project completions.
A more balanced construction cycle could also enable greater focus on DG projects, a key aim of China’s PV strategy in 2015 after underperforming last year.