China’s Shift Away from Subsidy to Fund Solar PV
Last year on May 31, 2018, China announced departure from its ambitious PV installation targets and shook the industry around the world. It was estimated that a sharp decline of demand in China would create an oversupply of more than 30GW of photovoltaic modules and result in a significant negative impact on PV companies globally, across the value chain.
China retains a high degree of central economic planning; this means that the policy of the Chinese central government has a direct impact on industrial development. As a result of a supportive policy environment, China’s PV industry achieved a record installation of 53 GW in 2017. This trend continued through the first half of 2018, and analysts expected further growth for the full year. China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA) data showed that the production output of polysilicon, PV wafers, cells and modules recorded similar growth rates in H1 2018 as they had in 2017; but dropped sharply after June as a result of the new policy.
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