A solar panel plant in Tahe oilfield, Xinjiang province. Image: ts.cn
China has set specific targets on non-hydroelectric renewable energy consumption for local governments in a bid to improve its energy structure, according to a guideline released by the National Energy Administration (NEA) on Thursday.
By 2020, non-hydroelectric renewable energy should account for between 5% and 13% of total electricity consumption for provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions, and non-fossil fuel sources for primary energy consumption should increase to 15% by 2020 and 20% by 2030，according to the guideline.
Local energy authorities are also encouraged to set higher targets and offer incentives for local enterprises to produce renewable energy.
A wind power project finished in 2010 in Shangchuan Island, Taishan, Guangdong province. Image: gzbgj.com
Power companies, with the exception of some non-fossil energy companies, should produce at least 9 percent of total electricity from non-hydroelectric renewable energy by 2020.
Main non-hydroelectric renewable energies include:
Yambajan Hydrothermal Power Plant, China's biggest Hydrothermal Power Plant, located to the northwest of downtown Lhasa at the foot of Nyaingentanglha Mountain. Image: xinhua