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Why China Likes Solar Power

September 4, 2016
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By Paul Homewood 




If anybody wonders why China is so keen to get the world to sign up to the Paris Agreement, just take a look at the above chart!


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Chinese solar photovoltaic production has soared over the past decade, reaching 21,069 megawatts by 2012. Back in 2002, the country had a mere 10 megawatts of annual solar panel production, illustrating the massive strides made in the industry in recent years.
However, the pace of growth has not proved entirely positive, with many solar panel makers struggling in the face of massive debts. China’s Ministry of Finance recently announced it will offer tax breaks to companies developing solar panels in an attempt to improve the situation.
Taiwan produces the second largest annual volume of solar panels worldwide with 5,025 megawatts in 2012. The United States in quite a large distance behind. After producing 1, 056 megawatts of solar equipment in 2011, this number fell to just 800 megawatts in 2012.

  1. September 4, 2016 5:33 pm

    Reblogged this on Climatism and commented:
    China building a coal plant a week, in hysterics at the self-loathing, politically correct, groupthink gullibility of the climate obsessed West.

  2. September 4, 2016 7:34 pm

    Couple of additional facts. Most of the Chinese production is polysi. They paid no mind to the pollution problems with that, and gained a cost advantage. And, all these companies are running at major loses. One has gone bankrupt and another may. All US production is either high efficiency monocrystalline silicon (SunPower), or CdTe (First Solar).

    • Billy Liar permalink
      September 4, 2016 9:04 pm

      CdTe continues, for the time being, to get an exemption from ROHS legislation in Europe. How long will this last?

      It seems odd that both mercury and cadmium get a pass for ‘saving the planet’ when in reality the planet shows no sign of needing saving. More cognitive dissonance for environmentalists.

  3. Oliver K. Manuel permalink
    September 4, 2016 10:29 pm

    There will be a Group of 20 Summit meeting that starts on Monday, September 5, 2016 in Hangzhou, China.

  4. September 5, 2016 6:26 am

    Is there no recent update? These data are over 3 years old.

  5. richard verney permalink
    September 5, 2016 7:50 am

    The EU has placed heavy tariffs on Chinese Panels.

    This is typical of the EU. It wants to promote renewables and ‘clean energy’ and yet it has done its best to make these panels unaffordable for those who live on the shores of the Med (South Spain, South France, Italy Greece etc) who could take advantage of the relatively high sunshine hours and the fact that they have heavy demand for electricity during July/August daytime for aircon.

    In the UK, heavy demand coincides with winter nights and this coupled with the cloudy climate makes solar not particularly suitable.

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