(Corrects 11th paragraph to show stimulus plan will double
2020 targets for renewables generally, not just solar)
By Rujun Shen and Jacqueline Wong
SHANGHAI May 5 China is set to smash its
target for a roll-out of solar power by 2020 more than fivefold
and possibly even tenfold, a researcher with the National
Development and Reform Commission, the economic planning
ministry, said on Tuesday.
Under the NDRC's renewable energy plan set out in 2007,
China would have 1,800 megawatts of installed solar capacity by
But Wang Zhongying, assistant director at the NDRC's Energy
Research Institute and head of its Renewable Energy Development
Centre, said the country was likely to far exceed that.
"The goal that we made originally is probably too low," he
said at a solar energy conference in Shanghai. "By 2020, we can
reach 10,000 MW or more."
He cited an international aspiration for countries to get 1
percent of electricity from solar by 2020, which would mean a
target of 40,000 MW for China, which he said was too high.
"China could reach 10,000 MW or higher, maybe 20,000 MW."
He stressed that the forecast was his own opinion and not
an official target.
At the end of 2008, solar power capacity attached to the
grid was less than 100 MW, or 0.01 percent of China's entire
China is massively dependent on coal, used to generate
around 80 percent of its power, but hopes to lessen coal's
dominance by using more hydro, wind, nuclear and biomass.
The government is expected to unveil an economic stimulus
package for renewable energy within the next few months.
Shi Dinghuan, president of the Chinese Renewable Energy
Society, said the 2020 goal for renewable energy would be
revised under the new stimulus plan to more than double the
Even with a tenfold increase in its 2020 target, solar
would play a much smaller part in China's overall power mix
than those other energy sources. Under the original plan,
biomass and wind were set to reach 30,000 MW by 2020, with
nuclear at 40,000 MW.
China has already more than tripled the 2020 target for
wind to 100,000 MW and is expected to easily surpass its
nuclear target. [ID:nPEK336151]
The revised target for wind could be 100-150 GW, Xinhua
news agency quoted sources close to the plan as saying on
Firms with exposure to China's solar sector include Suntech
Power STP.N, Trina Solar TSL.N, ReneSola SOLA.L, China
Sunergy CSUN.O, LDK Solar LDK.N, Yingli Green Energy
(YGE.N), and Solarfun SOLF.O.