By Julian Wong Apr.28.2009
In: solar

Much Ado About Solar

2009 may be shaping up to be the Year of Solar.  No, really.

Although the Chinese solar manufacturing industry has been in a world of hurt for the past half year, things may be starting to turn around.  Since the announcement of the first solar concession, the national Solar Roofs Program and Jiangsu province’s possible solar incentives (see previous posts here and here), a flurry of news feeds on  various solar projects have come through my inbox.  Here’s a list of relevant solar tidbits, taken mostly from JLM Pacific Epoch, which does a terrific job of scanning and collating Chinese-language news feeds across the country across various industrial sectors, including solar :

  • More details on the Solar Roofs Program have emerged.  Applications will be accepted until May 15 for the initial round of subsidies: RMB 20/watt for construction material- and component-based BIPV projects, and RMB 15/watt for rooftop- and wall-based projects.  Eligible projects must begin construction in 2009 and finish within two years; have completed contracts with solar product manufacturers; detail on-grid connective procedures and establish monitoring and long-distance help systems for capacity, electricity and environmental data.
  • As a follow-up to the announcement of Jiangsu’s much anticipated solar subsidies, it is learned that the “California of China” has set goals to achieve building and rooftop installations of 10MW in 2009; 50MW including 40MW of rooftop projects in 2010; and 200MW including 180MW of rooftop projects in 2011.
  • Despite receiving 13 bids, most of which came in under RMB 2/kwh, it is reported that no concession was actually awarded for the Dunhuang, Gansu tender process.  There is speculation that the project’s scale will be enlarged to 100MW in the next bidding round.  Other sources say that all companies that bid under RMB 1.5/Kwh will jointly win the bid.  The lowest bid received was by Yingli Green Energy and SDIC Huajing Power Holdings’ with an allied bid of RMB 0.69/kW.
  • Qinghai province plans to invest a total of RMB 104.3 billion from now until 2020 in photovoltaic construction. Major construction will include on-grid solar power stations, as well as solar water heaters, kitchen stoves and greenhouses. Qinghai intends to reach photovoltaic capacity of 20MW in 2010, 660MW in 2015 and 2GW in 2020.
  • In Inner Mongolia, Solar EnerTech (Shanghai) Corp will invest $500 million in local photovoltaic power stations, manufacturing lines and application systems.  Meanwhile, Canadian Solar Inc (Nasdaq:CSIQ) plans to establish a 1MW solar power station in Hulun Buir.  The station is expected to cover 30,000 square meters and will have capacity to generate 4 million kWh of electricity per year.  In addition, Canadian Solar will also provide 50W small-scale mobile power stations to 100 households in 2009, said the report.
  • Kunming, Yunnan’s provincial capital, aims to install solar heating systems in more than 95% of its newly established buildings and raise the local solar industry’s total output value to over RMB 20 billion by 2015.  The city also plans to build a three-square-kilometer solar industry park in its Gaoxin District, said the report. 
  • Jiangxi province is inviting bids for the construction of a 300MW photovoltaic power station in Xinyu and a 10MW in station Nanchang.
  • Hainan will provide BIPV subsidies of roughly RMB 20/watt for in 2009.
  • Shaanxi province will be home to the Shenguang Solid State Lighting and Solar Power Industrial Park, where Shenguang New Energy has signed a contract with the Xi’an National Civil Aerospace Industrial Base to invest RMB 7 billion (USD 1bn) in a solid state lighting and PV manufacturing base.
  • Kaihua County in Zhejiang province plans to provide RMB 10 million in a one-time subsidy to each polysilicon project that begins production with annual capacity of 1,000 tons or more and RMB 1 million for every 100 tons of capacity added later. Cell projects with production capacity or 25MW or more will receive RMB 2 million when they begin production and RMB 2 million for every 25MW of added capacity. Cell and module projects with annual capacity of 25MW or more will receive subsidies of RMB 3 million when they begin production and for each additional 25MW.
  • Hunan is seeking companies to invest in up to a total of RMB 5 billion over 40 projects that will bring the province’s photovoltaic industry chain up from 200MW to 1GW.

If you’ve seen other news, let me know and I’ll add it to the list! E-mail: julian[at]

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