Research Report on Photovoltaic Industry in China, 2016-2020


After nearly 10 years of rapid development, China photovoltaic industry entered into a difficult period as overseas photovoltaic market shrank in 2011.




The photovoltaic industry develops rapidly in China in recent years. China became the world’s largest producer of photovoltaic products in 2007 with the export value of USD 2,838 million. In 2014, the total import and export value of Chinese solar photovoltaic products was USD 18.28 billion, increasing by 15.09% YOY. Among that, the export value was USD 14.41 billion, increasing by 17.27% YOY; the import value was USD 3.87 billion, up by 7.62% YOY.

Judged from the export structure and the market, Chinese export of photovoltaic products still has the following problems: it relies too much on processing trade and has not formed an autonomous R&D system; the structure of export market is not stable; the risk of trade friction exists in emerging markets at any time. 

After nearly 10 years of rapid development, China photovoltaic industry entered into a difficult period as overseas photovoltaic market shrank in 2011. Developing domestic markets became the consensus of the government and enterprises. China is rich in solar energy resource with the theoretical reserves equal to 1.7 trillion tons of standard coal every year. The potential of the exploitation of solar energy resource is enormous. China is situated in the northern hemisphere with the distance between the north and the south and that between the east and the west are both over 5,000 km. There is abundant solar energy resource in the vast land of China. In most places, the annual average daily radiation is more than 4 kWh/m2 and the annual sunshine duration is over 2,000 h, so there exists a huge development potential.

In recent years, as China’s demand for energy increases, the environment protection pressure grows. After the great setback against it caused by trade protection of western countries in 2012, China photovoltaic industry is gradually returning to a sensible state, reshaping supply and demand relationship and approaching the balance of market pattern. With the deepening of the idea of environment protection and the fluctuation of the price of fossil fuels, Chinese government has formulated a series of policies to support the downstream application of photovoltaic industry since 2013. New photovoltaic installed capacity reached 11.3 GW in 2013, increasing by 126% than that in 2012 and ranking the first in the world.

In 2014, the total photovoltaic power generation grid capacity was 28.05 MW, increasing by 60% YOY, including 23.38 MW in photovoltaic power stations and 4.67 MW of distributed photovoltaic power. The annual photovoltaic power generating capacity is about 25 billion kilowatt-hours, increasing by 200% YOY.

In 2014, new grid photovoltaic power generation capacity was 10.60 MW, occupying about a quarter of that of the whole world and a third of the output of Chinese photovoltaic cell modules, realizing the target of an annual increase of 10 MW put forward in Suggestions on Promoting the Healthy Development of Photovoltaic Industry, with 8.55 MW in photovoltaic power stations and 2.05 MW of distributed photovoltaic power.

Chinese photovoltaic battery manufacturers continued to keep strong international competitiveness in 2014. Among the famous enterprises which were the top ten in terms of global output, China occupied six places while top 4 were all Chinese enterprises. In terms of the development of upstream photovoltaic industry, the domestic output of polysilicon was about 130,000 tons in 2014, increasing by 50% YOY, while the import volume was about 90,000 tons. The total output of photovoltaic cell modules was over 33 million kilowatts, increasing by 17% YOY. The proportion of export was about 68%. Most enterprises improved their capacity utilization. The average capacity utilization of top 10 enterprises was over 87%.

To some extent, China photovoltaic industry still faces the situation where raw materials and market rely on overseas markets. As photovoltaic products are export-focused, it is very easy to cause trade friction. In the meantime, as the overall profit level of China photovoltaic industry is low, investment in R&D is insufficient. Therefore, most photovoltaic enterprises have not yet developed a mature R&D system and the technical level of products is universally low.

Through this report, the readers can acquire the following information:

-Policy and Economic Environment in China Photovoltaic Industry

-Development Status of Photovoltaic Power Stations and Distributed Photovoltaic in China

-Supply and Demand in China Photovoltaic Industry

-Major Photovoltaic Manufacturers in China

-Anti-dumping against Photovoltaic Enterprises in China

-Import and Export of PV

-Forecast on Development of China Photovoltaic Industry


The Following Enterprises and People Are Recommended to Purchase This Report:

-Enterprises Related to Industry Chain of PV

-Photovoltaic Enterprises

-Investors/Research Institutes Concerned About China Photovoltaic Industry


Table of Contents

1 Overview of Photovoltaic Industry

1.1 Definition and Classification

1.1.1 Definition

1.1.2 Classification

1.2 Analysis of Photovoltaic Industry Chain

1.2.1 Polysilicon

1.2.2 Photovoltaic Cells

1.2.3 Photovoltaic Modules

1.2.4 Photovoltaic Power Station Inverter

1.3 Overview of Global Photovoltaic Industry


2 Development Environment of Photovoltaic Industry in China, 2011-2015

2.1 Economic Environment

2.1.1 Global Economy

2.1.2 China Economy

2.2 Policy Environment

2.2.1 Policy Overview

2.2.2 Policy Trend


3 Status of Photovoltaic Industry in China, 2011-2015

3.1 Supply

3.1.1 Production Capacity

3.1.2 Output Volume

3.2 Demand

3.2.1 International Market

3.2.2 Market in China


4 Industry Chain of Photovoltaic in China, 2011-2015

4.1 Constitution of Photovoltaic Industry Chain

4.1.1 Overview

4.1.2 Polysilicon

4.1.3 Modules and Cell Pieces

4.1.4 Photovoltaic Electric Station and Distributed Photovoltaic

4.2 Analysis of Costs in Photovoltaic Industry Chain

4.2.1 Upstream Costs

4.2.2 Downstream Generating Costs


5 Key Areas of Photovoltaic Industry in China, 2011-2015

5.1 Analysis of Photovoltaic Electric Station by Region

5.1.1 Overview

5.1.2 Gansu

5.1.3 Qinghai

5.1.4 Xinjiang

5.1.5 Ningxia

5.1.6 Inner Mongolia

5.1.7 Jiangsu

5.2 Analysis of Distributed Photovoltaic by Region

5.2.1 Zhejiang

5.2.2 Hunan

5.2.3 Guangdong

5.2.4 Jiangsu

5.2.5 Shandong

5.3 Plan of Regional Development of Photovoltaic Industry


6 Analysis of Import and Export and Trade Friction of Photovoltaic in China, 2011-2015

6.1 Export

6.1.1 Export Overview

6.1.2 Major Export Destinations

6.2 Import

6.2.1 Import Overview

6.2.2 Major Sources of Import

6.3 Trade Barriers against Photovoltaic Enterprises in China


7 Key Enterprises in China Photovoltaic Industry, 2011-2015

7.1 Module Manufacturers

7.1.1 Trina Solar

7.1.2 Yingli Solar

7.1.3 Canadian Solar Inc.

7.1.4 JinkoSolar Holding Co., Ltd.

7.1.5 JA SOLAR Co., Ltd.

7.1.6 Zhejiang Renesola

7.1.7 Hanwha SolarOne Co., Ltd.

7.1.8 Astronergy

7.1.9 Risen Energy Co., Ltd.

7.1.10 HAREON SOLAR Co., Ltd.

7.2 Photovoltaic Power Station Inverter Manufacturers

7.2.1 Sungrow Power Supply Co., Ltd.

7.2.2 Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.

7.2.3 TBEA

7.2.4 Wuxi God’s Power New Energy Co., Ltd.

7.2.5 Kstar

7.2.6 Kelong

7.2.7 East

7.2.8 Chint Power

7.2.9 Surpass Sun Electric

7.2.10 Zeversolar


8 Prospect of China Photovoltaic Industry, 2016-2020

8.1 Factors Influencing Development

8.1.1 Policy Environment

8.1.2 Economic Situation

8.2 Forecast on Supply

8.2.1 Projects under Construction

8.2.2 Forecast on Production Capacity

8.2.3 Forecast on Output Volume

8.3 Forecast on Demand

8.3.1 International Market

8.3.2 Domestic Market

8.4 Discussion about Investment Opportunities

8.5 Recommendations on Investment and Development


Selected Charts

Chart Major Policies of Photovoltaic Industry in China, 2011-2015

Chart Output Volume of Solar Cells in China, 2007-2015

Chart Global Installation Volume of Photovoltaic, 2007-2015

Chart Installation Volume of Photovoltaic in China, 2007-2015

Chart Structure of Industry Chain of Photovoltaic in China

Chart Analysis of Costs in Different Mode of Electric Power Generation on 1 GW in China

Chart Export Value of Solar Cells in China, 2011-2015

Chart Import Volume of Polysilicon in China, 2011-2015

Chart Installation Status of Photovoltaic Electric Stations in Major Regions in China, 2015

Chart Regional Distribution of Distributed Photovoltaic in China, 2015

Chart Analysis of Production Capacity of Major Photovoltaic Enterprises in China by the end of 2015

Chart Major New Projects in China Photovoltaic Industry, 2011-2015

Chart Forecast on Installation Volume in China Photovoltaic Industry, 2014-2020

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