May 22 (Renewables Now) - China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has given the go-ahead to 20.76 GW of renewable energy projects that will be developed without government subsidies.
The planning agency announced on Monday that this is the first batch of such schemes planned for this year. Of the total, 56 projects are for wind farms with a combined capacity of 4.51 GW, and 168 projects involve solar photovoltaic (PV) technologies. The total capacity of the cleared solar schemes is 14.78 GW.
Distributed generation renewable energy projects with a combined capacity of 1.47 GW are also in the list.
When announcing its decision, NDRC urged grid companies to enter long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) with the developers of the subsidy-free projects.
According to data by China’s National Energy Administration, the country’s installed solar power capacity at end-2019 was 174.63 GW after adding 44.3 GW in 2018. Wind additions in the past year totalled 20.59 GW, bringing the country’s cumulative to 184.26 GW.