China cranks up 2015 solar power target

Just days after committing itself to delivering a new international climate change treaty by 2015, China has significantly increased its renewable energy target for solar power capacity, according to state media reports.

Citing a statement from the National Energy Administration, China National Radio said that the 2015 target for solar energy capacity has been increased by 50 per cent to 15GW.

It also confirmed the existing target to deliver 100 GW of wind power capacity by 2015 will remain the same, and revealed that 5GW of this capacity will be provided by a new generation of offshore wind farm plants.

The change in the solar energy goal is the second increase this year, after the government announced in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster that it would double the target to 10 GW.