China’s solar photovoltaic output 40% of world total

As China’s solar photovoltaic energy industry is rapidly developing, it now accounts for 40 percent of global output, Shen Lin, deputy president of Chengdu Technology Research Institute of New Energy Industry, said during the China (Chengdu) New Energy International Summit on Sept. 28.

The world’s enthusiasm for solar photovoltaic technology has seen an upsurge in recent years. The output in the solar photovoltaic field has increased over the past 10 years at an annual average rate of 30 percent, and China’s solar photovoltaic industry made nearly 15.8 billion U.S. dollars of foreign exchanges based on the Chinese-own systemic industrial chain.

China currently has more than 580 enterprises engaged in the solar photovoltaic industry, involving a total of 300,000 people. Data shows that the production capacity of China’s poly-silicon, silicon, solar cells and components accounted for 25 percent, 65 percent, 51 percent and 61 percent, respectively, of the global production capacity in 2009.

Statistics from European Photovoltaic Association show that Chinese enterprises occupied four spots in the global top 10 solar cell enterprises in 2009.