China increases its renewable energy goals to 100 GW for wind power, 260 GW for hydropower by 2015, up 10 GW each; solar PV installations will account for 90% of 10 GW solar capacity

LOS ANGELES , August 30, 2011 () – Since a previous proposal, China has increased its renewable energy goals for wind-generated power and hydropower by 10 gigawatts (GW), according to the China Securities Journal, citing a government plan, reported Reuters on Aug. 29.

The new five-year plan to 2015 calls for on-grid wind power to total 100 GW by the end of 2015. This will allow for 190 kilowatt hours of wind power to be generated annually, the newspaper, which is China’s state media, reported on Tuesday.

This target is up from the 90 GW proposed by the National Energy Administration earlier, Reuters reported.

At the time, the agency also proposed normal hydropower capacity would reach 250 GW at the end of 2015. The government has revised that upward to 260 GW, according to the report.

China’s government also aims to have 90% of the 10 GW of solar power capacity slated for 2015 to be from photovoltaic power installations. The remaining 1 GW of solar power will come from solar thermal capacity, according to China Securities Journal, reported Reuters.

To promote the transmission and consumption of renewable power, Chinese officials also are considering setting mandatory power purchase quotas for grid operators and renewable power use goals for each province, according to the report.

The primary source of this article is Reuters, London, England, on Aug. 29, 2011.

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