According to Digitimes, the total installation capacity for new distributed PV systems and power stations in China in 2017 is estimated at 52.2 GW, increasing 51% on year. The new capacity consists of 33.63 GW for PV power stations and 18.57 GW for distributed PV systems, respectively growing 8% and 438% on year.
For distributed PV systems, the additional capacity slipped from 4.03 GW in September to 1.80 GW in October but rebounded to 2.00-2.50 GW in November and will further rise to 5.40 GW due to an installation rush ahead of expectation feed-in tariff reductions for 2018. According to China's National Energy Administration (NEA), the additional installation during the first three quarters of 2017 stood at 43.0 GW, consisting of 27.7 GW for PV power stations and 15.3 GW for distributed PV systems.
NEA recently announced the third-round target of an ongoing demonstration project, with total installation 5 GW for general PV power stations to be completed by the end of 2018 and 1.5 GW for technology-oriented ones to be completed by the end of June 2019. Minimum power output for a PV module made of 60 mono-Si cells and poly-Si ones for general power stations is 295W and 280W respectively, and 310W and 295W for technology-oriented ones
According to China Electricity Council's statistics, total installation of 99.8 GW for all types of power generation was added in China during January-October 2017, growing 25.20% on year. The additional capacity mainly included 33.21GWp for thermal power, 8.93 GW for hydraulic power, 2.28 GW for nuclear power 44.80 GWp for PV power, and 1.07 MW for wind power.