China Wind Power 2014: Solar, JVs and the Five-Year Plan

CHINA: Major manufacturers and policy makers in the Chinese market spoke at China Wind Power (CWP 2014) about their plans for the market and concerns for the industry.

Shanghai Electric's deputy president Liu Qi said there had been problems in the company's venture with Siemens. There were no further details about the nature of the issues.

Two JVs were set up between the companies in 2012. The first is dedicated to research and development and component production for both China and Siemens worldwide. The second covers sales, marketing and project management in China.

However, Qi said the companies would continue to cooperate adding it had yielded positive results, as shown by the amount of orders they have received. The two sides are making efforts to break the poor record of Sino-foreign ventures.

Envision general manager Zhang Lei said he was worried about the industry's future. He saw in solar power the biggest threat, which may overtake wind as a cheaper renewable energy source within 10-20 years.

Zhang added he would like more technological cooperation with other companies in order to develop the industry.

The Chinese government is currently preparing its 13th "Five-Year"(2016-2020) Development Plan. Li Junfeng, director of the China Renewable Energy Industries Association said, "Rapid economic development in the past was achieved at the expense of the environment. This line of thinking should be reversed. Now we must consider the environment first."

Doubling as director general of the National Center for Climate Change Strategy and International Cooperation, Li is closely involved in the government's energy policy making.

Regarding the seemingly imminent policy of cutting down of the Feed-in-Tariff (Fit). Li also said it's not the right time to do so. The speculation has already led to developers installing projects too quickly, putting quality control in doubt. Li called for the government to be prudent before making any decision.

In a side event, Make Consulting presented its latest publication "China Wind Power Outlook 2014". Among others, the Make report forecasts China will install 20.4GW of new capacity in 2014.

"Total new installations will exceed 230GW between 2014 and 2023, driven by sustained short to medium-term onshore growth and faster offshore growth post-2018," Make said.