SEMI and CPIA Release New Recommendations for China PV Policy Roadmap

SEMI and CPIA Release New Recommendations for China PV Policy Roadmap

Report Calls for Dramatic Increase – 60 GW Installed by 2020 and 270 GW by 2030

SHANGHAI, China — April 27, 2011 — The SEMI PV Group today announced the availability of “China’s Solar Future — A Recommended China PV Policy Roadmap 2.0,”  a report containing specific recommendations for a China photovoltaic (PV) policy roadmap.  

The report — prepared by SEMI PV Group, the SEMI China PV Advisory Committee, and the China PV Industry Alliance (CPIA) — recommends that, using the IEA Solar PV Roadmap as a benchmark, China should reach a global average PV electricity penetration level of 1.3 percent PV electricity by 2020, and 4.6 percent PV electricity by 2030.  A dramatic increase in government support will be required to achieve these goals. China will need to have 60 GW installed PV capacity by year 2020 and 270 GW by year 2030. China’s current PV power consumption is less than 1 GW — well below Japan, the U.S. and many European countries.

The report presents an overview of China’s energy profile, growing need for energy, the benefits of PV, and the global status of the PV industry.  It delineates a PV installation roadmap with clear annual targets up to year 2030.  The report also looks at different government incentive models and offers a number of policy recommendations. These recommendations are a follow-up to the China policy paper issued by SEMI PV Group in 2009.

As the world’s fastest growing developing country, China faces a rapidly increasing demand for energy and the country has also been building a massive PV industry representing all facets of the supply chain, from polysilicon feedstock, ingots and wafers to cells and modules. Yet virtually all of this PV production has been exported. The report recommends an accelerated adoption of PV generated electric power in China to reach global average level of PV power generation by 2020.  A healthy PV demand market in China will be very important for the sustainability of China's PV industry.

“Driven by increasing global demand, Chinese companies have been rapidly ramping up production capacities, making China the world’s top producer of PV cells and modules.  In 2010, China produced more than 50 percent of global total production of solar cells and modules,” said Allen Lu, president of the SEMI China. “However, on the PV installation front, the situation is quite different.  It is hoped that the goals presented in the recommended policy roadmap will serve as a reference document for the Chinese government when setting national targets and new policies for PV.  The exact outcome is still unclear, but what’s certain is that relying only on hydro, wind, and nuclear will not be sufficient for China to address the challenges of climate change and energy security.  PV must be an important part of the solution.”

To download “China’s Solar Future – A Recommended China PV Policy Roadmap 2.0” and see specific assessments and recommendations in the report, please visit

The SEMI China PV Advisory Committee, organized by the PV Group, is comprised of Chinese PV industry and academic leaders. Their objective is to collectively define and address issues facing the region’s PV industry, and petition the China government for PV legislation, policy and financial support.

About SEMI and PV Group

PV Group represents SEMI member companies involved in the solar energy manufacturing supply chain. Members provide manufacturing equipment, materials, cells, modules, sub-systems, and components to the solar energy industry worldwide. Our mission is to advance industry growth, support continuous efficiency improvements and promote sustainable business practices through international standards development, events, public policy advocacy, EHS support, market intelligence, and other services. For more information, visit

About CPIA

China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA) founded in May 17, 2010, was under the leadership of Ministry of Information and Industry Technology (MIIT) and National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), its headquarters is located in Beijing, China.  China Photovoltaic Industry Alliance (CPIA) is actively devoted to solar PV industry, and is a non-profit social organization comprised of enterprises and public institutions with volunteers in the filed of R&D, manufacturing and services of solar PV products and application.

Association Contact

Deborah Geiger/SEMI
Tel: 1.408.943.7988


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