Facing a manufacturing overcapacity and a growing need for clean energy, China announced a plan that could have impacts on both fronts.
China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) last week announced it is aiming for the country’s installed solar power generating capacity to reach 15 GW by 2015. This is a 50 percent increase from its previous plan.
This new target marks a new urgency in China’s attempts to create a domestic solar market. Right now China’s production capacity is about 30 to 40 GW. Yet, for this year, China’s market size is about 2 GW. Being an exporter of solar modules while their domestic energy needs are so serious has been a sore spot to Beijing for the last five or six years.