China expected to reach new solar high in 2023

China is on course to post a record rise in solar energy capacity this year, according to the sector’s manufacturing association.

The China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA) expects that the county will add 95 to 120 gigawatts (GW) of solar power in 2023, which would represent a 30% increase.

The world’s largest solar products maker and solar power generator brought 87.41 GW of new solar power into operation in 2022, official data showed, driving the total installed capacity to 392.61 GW.

The predictions follow substantial recent investment in the sector.

Last November, Chinese state-owned enterprise State Power Investment Corporation (SPIC) put into operation the world’s first offshore floating solar power plant integrated with offshore wind turbine, at a site located off the coast of China’s Shandong Province. 

Using patented offshore floating solar technology from Norwegian-based company Ocean Sun, SPIC claimed at the time to have achieved two firsts with the project: commissioned the world’s first commercial offshore floating solar power plant and integrated it with the offshore wind turbine for the first time.

The two floaters, with installed capacity of 0.5MWp, are connected to the transformer on a SPIC-owned wind turbine and then linked to the power grid through the subsea cable of the wind farm.

After completion of the pilot period and full technical and economic demonstration, the partners plan to promote the use of Ocean Sun’s technology to build a floating wind-solar project with a total capacity of 20MW this year.