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Performance Problems Limit Output in Chinese Solar Projects

Although China had installed 19.3 gigawatts of solar by the end of 2013, not all of the projects are meeting their production targets, according to the China General Certification Center in Beijing. Poor performance factors included defective panels, improper installations, and poor connections to the power grid, Liu reports. “Although China in recent years has surpassed many countries in adopting solar technology, in a move to help Chinese factories survive tougher export markets and to cut the country’s dangerous reliance on coal, there is little public information available on how well the Chinese solar projects function,” she notes. The performance issues have discouraged some Chinese banks from financing new projects, but the government will soon issue a guideline “to help developers assess solar product quality and improve project design, operation and maintenance.”

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