China to Start Testing Renewable Energy in Rural Areas

China will start the action plan by launching a pilot scheme aimed at promoting the development of renewable energy in rural areas. This was released by the National Energy Administration (NEA) on Thursday (23 March).

According to the statement, provincial government departments will identify rural pilot areas for renewable energy project development and submit development plans to NEA for approval and further review by the end of May 2023.

The scheme proposes to local authorities to “deregulate” and improve the administration of their renewable energy industries. Not only that, the scheme also proposes that renewable energy targets will reach more than 30% of total primary energy consumption and more than 60% of primary energy consumption for new capacities in pilot countries by 2025.

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The announcement comes amid an ambitious push to increase China’s state renewable energy capacity. China installed 152 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity last year, representing 76.2% of all new energy capacity.

China said it aims to achieve renewable energy to account for more than 50% of its power generation capacity by 2025 with most of it to be installed or deployed in sparsely populated, mostly rural areas such as Gansu and Inner Mongolia provinces

Source: CNA

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