• China Cleantech Update February 20, 2017

    News Summary:

    • CEC publishes solar installation statistics for 2016
    • State Council publishes National Land Planning Outline 2016-2030
    • China Sunergy to build 400 MW solar module facility in California
    • Green certificate trading program trial rules issued by NDRC

    Solar: 2016 Solar Installation Statistics Published by the CEC
    The CEC recently published statistics on domestic solar installations for 2016. According to the document, by the end of 2016, over 34 GW of new solar energy had been installed across the country, bringing the total installed capacity to over 77 GW. Total power generation from solar in 2016 was 66 TWh, approximately 1% of national power generation. 28% of new installations occurred in the Northwest area comprising Shaanxi (217 GW), Gansu (76 GW), Ningxia (217 GW), Qinghai (119 GW) and Xinjiang (329 GW). (CEC)


    Source: Azure International, CEC

    As mentioned in last week's News Update, the frenzied growth in solar in 2016 is largely due to utility scale projects rushing to completion before the large tariff cut in June 2016. However under the Electricity Development Plan, the Solar Power target for 2020 further calls for 60 GW of distributed solar and 5 GW of concentrated solar, with the remaining 45 GW is assumed to be standard utility-scale solar. Thus we expect the next three years to see a moderate cooling of utility scale projects in China as local governments digest current project pipelines. 

    On the other hand, current installation figures indicate distributed solar capacity in China is hovering at around only 10 GW. Therefore while the 2020 target of 110 GW target will likely be surpassed, it will be difficult for distributed solar to reach its sub-target of 60 GW, especially as the regions currently driving solar installation figures (Northwest and IMAR) are almost exclusively installing utility scale projects, with distributed projects concentrated more in highly populated east coast provinces. 

  • China Cleantech Update March 09, 2017

    News Summary:

    • Anhui's Industrial Green Development Plan calls for the acceleration of distributed solar
    • Fujian government publishes list of key construction projects for 2017
    • Jinko Solar and Japan's Marubeni sign 1.18 GW power purchase agreement in Abu Dhabi
    • Weinan City, Shaanxi publishes New Energy and New Materials Development Plan (2016-2020)

    Solar: Anhui's Industrial Green Development Plan Emphasizes Distributed Solar
    Anhui's Economic Information Council recently released the Industrial Green Development Plan as part of the province's 13th Five Year Plan. The document calls for the acceleration of constructing distributed energy sources in industrial parks, with particular emphasis on solar rooftops and solar heaters. Distributed solar, along with smart grid technology, is encouraged for integration into industrial parks, particularly iron and steel factories, as part of Anhui's promotion of industrial energy efficiency. (BJX CN)


    Source: Azure International

    While not specified in the most recent Solar Power Development Plan, under the national Electricity Development Plan, the Solar Power target for 2020 contains a 60 GW sub-target for distributed solar. Anhui province currently has 3.45 GW of installed solar capacity, however, only 780 MW of this is distributed solar. Nevertheless, this installed capacity figure still makes Anhui the fifth largest province for distributed solar in China. The top four are Zhejiang (2,070 MW), Jiangsu (1,730 MW), Shandong (1,190 MW), and Guangdong (880 MW). 

    Developing distributed solar has been more difficult than utility-scale projects primarily due to the high self-consumption threshold requirement set out by the NEA. The requirement mandates that at least 80% of the self-generated power will be consumed on-site with no more than 20% of the power sold back to the grid, and largely limits the applications of distributed solar to energy intensive industrial parks. Therefore, successfully integrating distributed solar with heavy industry will be key if China's ambitious 60 GW sub-target is to be met by 2020. 

  • Week of April 22, 2019

    News Summary:

    • NEA requires cities to promote winter wind power heating
    • NEA releases second batch of “13th Five-Year Plan” PV poverty alleviation projects
    • Shandong shuts down four coalmines of 1.25 million ton annual capacity
    • Hebei promotes application of 35,500 new energy vehicles in 2019
    • CGN and Huaneng Group sign strategic cooperation agreement



    NEA requires cities to promote winter wind power heating

    Following the winter clean heating plan for China’s northern regions (2017-2021) (NDRC), the National Energy Administration (NEA) requires that northern cities complete wind power heating development planning before June 2019. Meanwhile, it will implement corresponding investment subsidy policies for wind power clean heating projects. (NEA)

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    This solution is being implemented gradually with several objectives: 1. provide an alternative revenue steam for wind farms suffering from heavy curtailment and 2. electrify heat supply in order to reduce the need for CHP plants which are among the key contributors to pollution in urban areas.



    NEA releases second batch of “13th Five-Year Plan” PV poverty alleviation projects

    The second batch of photovoltaic (PV) poverty alleviation projects of the “13th Five-Year Plan” will be carried out in 15 provinces (districts) and include 165 county PV poverty alleviation projects that comprise of 3,961 village-level PV power stations with a total installed capacity of 1.67GW. The target is to assist 301,773 households in poverty-stricken villages, and all projects should be operating before the end of 2019. (NEA)

    Second batch of “13th Five-Year Plan” PV poverty alleviation projects distribution

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    Shandong shuts down four coalmines of 1.62 million ton annual capacity

    Regarding the decision-making and deployment of structural reforms on the power supply side, the Energy Administration of Shandong Province is working towards resolving and preventing overcapacity of coal-fired power generation by shutting down four coalmines that have constituted a capacity of 1.62 million tons in 2019. (SDNYJ)

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    To put this in perspective, 1.62 million tons of coal allows to produce about 5,500 GWh of thermal power in a year. Closing down these mines thus creates space for roughly 2,800MW of new wind farms on the Shandong grid, where wind produces at an average of 1,971 utilization hours.



    Hebei promotes the application of 35,500 new energy vehicles in 2019

    The lead department for the Development and Promotion of New Energy Vehicles in Hebei Province has proposed to promote the application of 35,500 new energy vehicles in 2019 and increase the proportion of new energy vehicles used in the public service sector, such as logistics vehicles, school coaches, postal service vehicles, street cleaning vehicles, etc. The department will also support the pilot results of the promotion and application of new energy vehicles in Baoding City and promote the full roll out of new energy vehicles in the main vicinity of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games (in the Zhangjiakou City administrative zone). (Hebei GOV)

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    CGN and Huaneng Group sign strategic cooperation agreement

    China General Nuclear Power Corporation (CGN) and Huaneng Group have signed a strategic cooperation agreement stating that the two sides will carry out specific cooperation in the fields of nuclear power, information technology development, nuclear fuel, finance and nuclear technology. (CGN)

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