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China Unveils First Batch of Solar, Wind Farms That Won’t Be Supported by Subsidies

  • About 21GW of capacity to be built without government funding
  • Most of these projects expected to start operating by end-2020
The newly installed 100MW photovoltaic project in Dunhuang, China.

The newly installed 100MW photovoltaic project in Dunhuang, China.

Photographer: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

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China announced the first batch of clean energy projects that will be built without financial support from the government, putting renewable power on a path to compete with existing coal and gas-fired generation.

The country will develop 20.8 gigawatts of renewable projects this year that can only profit from selling electricity into grids at prices equal to or less than coal power, according to a joint statement from the National Development & Reform Commission and National Energy Administration. That includes 14.8 gigawatts of solar and 4.5 gigawatts of wind capacity.