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China again lifts 2015 solar target, now aims at 23.1 GW

Solar array. Author: David Goehring. License: Creative Commons

October 9 (SeeNews) - Fighting to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions but ignoring the high power curtailment rates, China has revised for the third time its official photovoltaic (PV) capacity additions target for 2015, this time gearing for as much as 23.1 GW.

In comparison, the initial target was for 15 GW. In March, China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) revised it to 17.8 GW without making a division in terms of power plant and distributed generation (DG) capacity.

In the first half of the current year, however, the Asian country managed to install only 7.73 GW of PV parks. In other words, following the 30% increase in the national solar strategy, domestic sector players will have to deploy almost twice as much capacity in the remainder of 2015.

Most of the new solar power plants are planned to be located in Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang Uygur autonomous regions, as well as in Hebei province. In order to comply with the plan, construction works at the sites have to be wrapped up by end-2015, while grid-connection may be postponed through June 2016.

All in all, the world’s leader in installed PV is set to reach 100 GW by the end of the decade.

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