China to boost distributed PV, 5 GW expected

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China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) may have lowered its 2014 installation target by 1 GW to 13 GW, but its recommended changes could prove a boon to distributed solar (DPV).

According to market research firm IHS Technology, the NEA has vowed to continue support for the PV industry and upcoming policy changes could help lift barriers for DPV and speed up development of new projects.

Indeed, IHS reports improving conditions for DPV and says nearly 5 GW of DPV systems could be completed in China this year.

NEA recommends the following changes to its DPV policies, which IHS says will become key drivers when ratified by the National Development and Reform Commission later this year:

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