China’s National Energy Administration (NEA) officially released the 13th Five-Year-Plan (2016–2020) for solar development on December 16th, 2016, Asia Europe Clean Energy (Solar) Advisory Co. Ltd. (AECEA) reports. The “plan” includes the 110 GW solar target, split into 105 GW of solar PV and 5 GW of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) which was officially known since later October, and re-confirms that by the end of 2020 the total installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity will exceed 105 GW.


In what AECEA referred to as a “surprise” announcement, a carve-out in that target for DG installs has been abandoned. Beijing continues to support DG projects and a network of DG energy demonstration zones will be established with a target to install solar on 50% of all rooftops and 80% of new buildings.