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China formally trims solar target to 110 GW by 2020

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November 7 (SeeNews) - China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) said Monday that the country now aims to hit 110 GW of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity by 2020 as part of its 13th five-year plan on energy.

The target includes at least 60 GW of distributed generation (DG) solar arrays and 5 GW of solar thermal power plants, according to the official statement.

This is approximately 26.7% lower than the last revised solar goal through the end of the decade. In October 2015, China boosted its official plans for the sector to 150 GW from the initially set 100 GW.

The announcement comes amid troubling solar power curtailment rates and feed-in tariff (FiT) reductions. In the first half of this year alone, the country hooked to the grid the record 22 GW of solar parks, 11.3 GW of which were switched on in June. As a result, China managed to dethrone Germany with more than 50 GW currently in operation.

In terms of wind power, China’s 2015-2020 energy plan envisages having 210 GW in operation. Around 5 GW of that will be offshore wind parks.

In its aim to boost the share of non-fossil fuels in its power mix significantly, the world’s biggest carbon emitter intends to operate 340 GW of conventional hydroelectric plants by the same deadline. The target for nuclear power facilities is 58 GW.

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