China approves 21GW of renewables projects


Chinese authorities have given approval for the construction of almost 21GW of renewable energy projects, under a zero-subsidy policy across 16 provinces in the country.

The country’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) has approved 224 solar and wind energy projects that will deliver a total combined capacity of 19.29GW, as well as a further 1.47GW  of renewable distributed energy resources (DER) trading pilot programmes.

These will be complemented by 56 wind farms with a total capacity of 4.51GW, and 168 solar plants with a combined capacity of 14.78GW which were also approved.

The NDRC has called on local grid companies to support the projects by signing long-term power purchase agreements for up to 20 years.

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