THURSDAY 27 DECEMBER, 2012 |
First Home Solar Array Connected To China's State Grid
For a nation that leads the world in solar panel production, China has been a little slow off the mark with grid connection in relation to home solar power - but that will change dramatically soon.
reports the first residential solar power system has been connected to China's State
electricity grid in Qingdao, Shandong province. While grid connection is taken
for granted in countries such as Australia, this first installation proved to be
quite a task; taking 19 days to complete.
However, we can expect grid connected residential solar to bypass Australia's
tally very soon. State Grid Corporation of China, the largest electricity
utility in the world, only started allowing small-scale solar power systems to connect to the national grid
The Qingdao installation will be the first of many millions as new policies mean
the work needed to connect privately owned systems below 5 megawatts capacity to the grid will be
carried out free of charge. State Grid will also purchase surplus electricity generated by
The scale of State Grid Corporation of China is staggering. It has over 1.5 million employees and in 2011, generated revenue to the tune of US$ 259.14 billion.
Its service area represents 88% of the country and provides electricity to over one billion
There will be no shortage of work for those employees. According to
RenewEconomy's Giles Parkinson, rumour has it that China will boost their solar
target to 40GW
by 2015; which is an entirely achievable goal considering
more than 5GW capacity has been installed in this year alone.
While China's love affair with solar is set to continue, its rapid ascent in
solar manufacturing hasn't been without its casualties; with numerous
manufacturers falling by the wayside due to competition and external forces.
China's government recently announced it would carry out reforms to the
industry; including promoting mergers and acquisitions and reducing government support
China is often criticised; but something we can all be thankful for is the
nation brought affordable
to the world.
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