Solar Energy Gauntlet Thrown Down By China

China, already seen as a big player in wind energy despite trade disputes over how its industry is supported, looks as well to be making a huge play for solar power capacity. This is according to People’s Daily, a paper closely tied to that nation’s governing bodies.

An official with China’s National Energy Administration has said that China is aiming for a 10 gigawatt solar power capacity by 2015. The country’s current solar capacity is said to be 860,000 kilowatts, so getting to its goal within the next few years will certainly test its solar energy sector. A plan looks to have been laid out, however, that could help it reach the magic number.

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One aspect of the plan is to speed up construction of grid-connected solar-power projects in western China, where “adequate solar energy resources” reportedly already exist. It is said the planned solar power capacity of just this portion alone could equate to 5 gigawatts of cleaner energy.

Another aspect of China’s big solar energy push is a dramatic increase in distributed rooftop solar-power systems in urban areas, especially in industrial parks with lots of open roofs available for solar panels to be laid out. This would be joined by new PV systems as part of what is said to be “construction of China’s 100 pilot cities for new energy and 200 counties for green energy.”

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