China Plans 15 GW New Solar In 2016

As China Tries To Reach 150 GW PV By 2020, Its 2016 Target Is Rather “Low”

  • National Energy Administration (NEA) issues new target for solar in 2016
  • At 15 GW, the 2016 target is rather low, when taking into consideration China wants to reach 150 GW of total solar capacity by 2020
  • Country plans to add at least 15 GW in 2015 and have an overall installed PV capacity of 43 GW in 2015

China will add 15 GW of photovoltaic capacity in 2016, stated the National Energy Administration (NEA) of China on December 29, 2015. The country aims to add 20 GW of additional wind power in the new year, an increase of 21%.

The 15 GW plan for solar is surprising as China is planning to reach 150 GW by 2020, which would require additions of at least 20 GW per year. Recently, China has been battling an all-time high rate of pollution with the government issuing smog red alert in 10 cities advising residents in these cities to stay indoors in December 2015. On January 2, 2016, it issued the first alert of 2016 for pollution, an orange rating for the capital city of Beijing. Red is the highest level of pollution followed by orange, yellow and blue. This severe pollution coincided with the Climate Summit in Paris, where China agreed to increase its the share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20% by 2030, complying to its Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC).

At the National Energy Work Conference in Beijing, the NEA recently said it plans to have 43 GW of solar installed at the end of 2015. However, the 15 GW target for 2015 is less than the originally planned 17.8 GW.

Referring to a Xinhua News Agency report, Bloomberg wrote that China will stop approving new coal mines in the next three years. And “To subsidize renewable-energy projects, the nation plans to raise a surcharge slapped onto electricity bills by about 27% to 0.019 RMB per kWh.”

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Anu Bhambhani

Senior News Editor: Anu Bhambhani is the Senior News Editor of TaiyangNews. Anu is our solar news whirlwind. At TaiyangNews she covers everything that is of importance in the world of solar power.Before joining our team, Anu worked in various positions at publications of the Times Group in New Delhi. As a Principal Correspondent, she conceptualized special features and supplements for both The Times of India and The Economic Times. While Anu delved deep into solar at TaiyangNews, environment topics have been close to her heart before. As Assistant Editor, she was responsible for launching Planet Earth for The Economic Times, a special series on environment. Before joining the Times Group, Anu was a Copy Editor at the Hindustan Times.Anu holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Rajasthan. She also studied at the Centre for Science and Environment in New Delhi on E-Outreach: New Media Technologies for Advocacy and Strategic Communication, Social Media

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