China still has no targets for the CSP. Mr Li said that China will soon publish a five year blueprint and other supportive policies for the solar power industry.
It is reported that China has more than doubled its target for solar power capacity to 50 gigawatts by 2020 as the world’s largest polluter steps up efforts to boost clean energy sources.
The increased target follows a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan that triggered a nuclear crisis in the country’s northeast and fuelled worldwide debate about the safety of atomic power.
Shanghai Securities News said that China hopes its installed solar power capacity will reach 10 gigawatts by 2015 and 50 gigawatts by the end of the decade, citing Mr Li Junfeng, deputy director of the energy research arm of the National Development and Reform Commission. The country’s current installed capacity is less than one giga watt.
Mr Li said that China will soon publish a five year blueprint and other supportive policies for the solar power industry.
Officials at the NDRC, China’s top economic planning agency, were not immediately available to comment.
Beijing has ordered safety inspections of the country’s nuclear plants and temporarily suspended approval of new and proposed projects following the disasters in Japan, but has said it will continue to develop the technology.
China which in November 2010 admitted it is the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter has some of the globe’s worst air and water quality after three decades of unrestrained growth and resulting pollution.
Leaders of the world’s second largest economy plan to invest hundreds of billions of dollars developing clean energy over the next decade as it seeks to meet a target of generating 15% of its energy from renewable It currently relies on carbon belching coal for 70% of its energy needs.