Last week when I was interviewed by Solarserver.com, I was asked about officially released energy planning numbers in China. I said I always take them with a grain of salt. Not only do I doubt the numbers but I am always expecting them to be changed. All governments like to move the goalposts but this is especially the case with China and energy.
The good news with China's renewable energy targets is they are often made more ambitious. China is revising up its solar power development target for 2015 by 50 percent from its previous plan, China National Radio (www.cnr.cn) reported on 15 Dec 11.
The government has set a target for installed solar power generating capacity to reach 15 GW by 2015 and wind power capacity to hit 100 GW. China National Radio cited an announcement from the National Energy Administration.
China had doubled its 2015 solar power goal to 10 GW after the Japanese nuclear power crisis. Installed solar power capacity at the end of 2010 was less than 1 GW in China. Annual solar power output will reach 20 bln kWh by 2015 and wind power output 190 bln kWh.
China scaling up its solar capacity target, along with the summer's announcement of a unified feed-in tariff, are strong indications that China is serious about developing its domestic market.