The Chinese solar market is difficult to track from abroad. Government subsidies are opaque and bureaucracy unwieldy for non-Chinese companies, often having great difficulty entering the country.
NASA has recently published a new batch of images from its satellites that show us how solar China is growing by leaps and bounds in Gansu province. While they don’t tell us much about real market conditions on the ground, the images do illustrate the boom in the Asian country.
There is no doubt that the Chinese PV market is growing at an unprecedented speed. But we do not have official numbers due to the aforementioned opacity. So maybe in this matter scientists can help us.
With plenty of sun and a very open desert, Gansu is ideal for the development of this type of photovoltaic projects. Last year, more than 5 gigawatts were installed in the province.
Below are two satellite images showing the expansion of photovoltaic power in the Gobi desert between 2012 and May 2015.
Driven by ambitious goals and a growing demand for energy, China’s solar boom is not going to stop.
Source: Jesse Allen. POT