- NEA publishes Solar 13th Five Year Plan (十三五)
- NDRC publishes Renewable Energy 13th Five Year Plan
- NDRC issues tariff adjustments for utility solar and onshore wind
- Offshore wind project approval authority handed down to provincial NEAs
- Shandong starts Electricity Reform Pilot Program
- Guangdong publishes Measures on Retail Electricity Reform
Plan: Solar Development Plan of the 13th Five Year Plan “十三五” Published by NEA
In December the NEA published the Solar Power Development Plan, part of China's national 13th Five Year Plan. According to the document, by the end of 2015, total installed solar capacity was 43 GW, and total power generation from solar sources was nearly 40 TWh , approximately 0.7% of national power generation. By 2020, installed solar capacity is targeted to reach 110 GW, with total power generation more than tripling to 150 TWh, 1.6% of national power generation. (NEA CN)
Source: Azure International
While not specified in the Solar Power Development Plan, 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 assumed to be standard utility scale solar.
While the explosive buildout of utility scale solar projects in 2016 puts the current installation numbers at 77 GW at 2016 year end, the majority of this growth has been from utility scale projects rushing to completion before the large tariff cut in June. Currently distributed solar in China is hovering at around only 7 GW. Therefore while the 110 GW target will likely be surpassed, it is unlikely that distributed solar will be able to reach its sub-target of 60 GW.