The new wind installations on the list total 27.60GW, more than the 20GW that had been widely expected. Starting in 2011, the NEA has approved, in four instalments, wind projects totalling more than 100GW in generating capacity.
"The new plan brings a clear message that the state authority will continue to push and give strong support for the development of wind power," said Yi Yuechun, executive deputy director of the National Renewable Energy Information Management Centre.
There are indications that the Chinese wind industry's fortunes are improving. The latest statistics released by NEA show that China added 14.49GW of new grid-connected wind installations last year. The cumulative capacity reached 77.16GW, up 23% on the previous year. The total is expected to exceed 90GW by the end of this year, NEA sources said.
More than half of the projects — 60% of those in the plan — have been approved in the southern and central regions, where electricity demand is relatively strong.
Hunan Province in central China alone has been granted around 2GW of new wind installations. And thanks to the new Hami-Zhengzhou ultra-high voltage power transmission line, the largest installations of 3.045GW were awarded to the Xingjiang region in western China.
An analyst said Goldwind, which is based in Xingjiang, would benefit greatly from the new plan.
In the past few years, the wind turbine manufacturer has diversified operations to invest in wind farms. The new plan included 400MW to be developed by Goldwind.
Goldwind's low-wind wind turbines should prove competitive in the country's southern regions.