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Small wind growing in China

Small wind power in China could reach 3-10 GW of installed capacity in 2010 if a set of measures laid out by a small wind roadmap for China.

The small roadmap study outlines how China can support the small wind power and follows support by the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) to develop a China wind energy roadmap in 2005.

The new small wind power roadmap document looks specifically at how to promote the ‘micro’ end of the wind power industry in China.

It recommends a wide range of policy and strategy measures for building on this basis and accelerating both grid-connected and off-grid small wind power applications.

The measures include special regulation for the grid connection of small wind turbines, a certification system for their manufacturers, and stimulation mechanisms such as the inclusion of small wind turbines on the list of agricultural machinery eligible for government incentives.

The roadmap envisions different scenarios ranging from steady expansion to aggressive growth, resulting in a total installed small wind power capacity in China between 3 and 10 GW in 2020, at least a five-fold increase over today, REEEP says.

“The small wind power roadmap is really a 360-degree strategy, looking at all aspects of promoting small wind power, ranging from regulation and certification to capacity building in the industry itself, stimulation mechanisms to accelerate the take-up, metering to suit small wind, and the promotion of grid-connected SWP through pilot projects,” notes Li Junfeng, REEEP’s Regional Director for East Asia and Secretary General of the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association.

“Following in the footsteps of REEEP’s support for the roadmaps for (large) wind power in China, this project is an example of working closely with local stakeholders to identify a need, and following up with a concrete project,” adds Marianne Osterkorn, Director General of REEEP, “and we’re especially pleased to support a fast-growing nation like China in integrating renewables into its energy planning.”

The roadmap will be disseminated at a workshop during the China International Wind Energy Exhibition & Symposium (CWEE 2010).

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