China’s solar power photovoltaic (PV) capacity raises 60pc to 28 GW in 2014

Photovoltaic (PV) systems and Photovoltaic (PV) solar power-generating stations established and connected to power grids in China in 2014 had a total installation capacity of 10.60GWp, taking up 25% of the global total, according to China’s National Energy Administration (NEA).

China raised its total grid-connected solar power capacity to 28.05 gigawatts (GW) in 2014, up 60 percent on the year, and aims to raise the total by more than half this year, the country’s energy regulator said.

The total installation capacity was 24.3% short of the corresponding target of 14GWp and consisted of 8.55GWp for ground-mounted PV power-generating stations and 2.05GWp for distributed PV systems.

On-grid PV systems and PV power-generating stations around China as of the end of 2014 amounted to total installation capacity of 28.05GWp, consisting of 4.67GWp for the former and 23.38GWp for the latter. These PV systems and PV power-generating stations generated total electricity of 25 billion kWh in 2014.

In related news, China-based makers in 2014 produced 132,000 tonnes of polysilicon, rising 57% on year, 38GWp of solar-grade crystalline silicon wafers, up 28%, 33GWp of crystalline silicon solar cells, up 32%, and 35GWp of PV modules, up 27%, according to the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA).

The 20 largest China-based PV module makers’ combined shipments in 2014 accounted for 68% of the global total, with Trina Solar and Yingli Green Energy Holding each exceeding 3GWp, CPIA said. Among the global 10 largest makers in 2014, there were four China-based ones for polysilicon, eight for solar-grade silicon wafers, 4-5 for solar cells and 5-6 for PV modules, CPIA indicated.