The Chinese government has been quietly pushing for the construction of massive solar power plants around the country to help it reach its ambitious goal of becoming a net energy exporter by 2030.
In March, the government announced plans to build a total of about 4GW of solar power capacity by 2020.
But the Chinese government appears to have been unable to produce the large quantities of energy it promised to supply by 2020, and the Chinese company Sinopec has been trying to get the Chinese authorities to make a decision.
“We have been in touch with the Chinese leadership, and we’ve made a decision, the Chinese Government said in a statement on Wednesday, adding that the Chinese State Grid would purchase power from SinopEC for the purpose of producing solar energy,” said a senior government official, who requested anonymity.
“It is quite clear that they do not want to let us achieve our goal, and that is why they are pressuring us to do something,” the official said.
“And what we have been saying to them is that we need to put in place this system of investment and production.”
In March the Chinese leader Xi Jinping announced a $40 billion plan to build solar power installations in the country by 2020 as part of a drive to become a global energy exporters.
The announcement prompted a flurry of media reports in which officials in Beijing insisted that the solar project would produce a lot of energy.
China had announced in April that it would build the world’s largest solar power project in southern China by 2022.
The project is expected to produce enough electricity for around 600,000 homes and will be powered by solar panels that would have a capacity of 200MW.
China’s solar projects have attracted increasing attention in recent years, especially after the launch of China’s first solar farm in the north-eastern province of Shandong last year.
China also plans to create a solar park in the northern province of Henan, a major export hub for its solar technology, and in August announced a new solar park near the port city of Zhuhai.
The project is scheduled to open by 2020 and is estimated to produce around 4GW (3.8 million megawatts).
Sinopec said it was “very pleased” that the government had made the decision to invest in its solar power, but said that it was still waiting for the Chinese side to produce sufficient amounts of energy to power the planned solar park.
“The Chinese Government should come out with a decision within the next few days,” the Chinese Ministry of Energy and Water Resources (MOEWR) said in its statement.
“The Chinese authorities should then take measures to ensure the supply of energy from the solar energy project.”
“This is the first step to meet the energy needs of China, and it is a very important step,” said the official, adding: “China has the capacity to supply its own power and its own renewable energy.”
“The decision to build the solar power plant in Shandang was made with the understanding that the power generated by the solar park will be supplied to the country.”
In a statement, Sinopek Energy, the company that is building the solar plant in the province, said it welcomed the announcement and that it had a “very good relationship with the government”.
“We welcome the Chinese announcement on the purchase of power from the Sinopeco project in Henan,” the company said.
The Chinese government also confirmed that it is working on an energy plan, which will be published in the end of the year.
In a report published last month, the consultancy McKinsey said that China’s solar energy ambitions are “largely dependent on the government” and that the country “has not made significant progress on its solar energy targets”.
It added that the plan for the solar plants in ShANDang and Zhuhayong could also lead to a rise in energy costs.
The McKinsey report also said that the “main obstacles” for China’s plans are “overcapacity in power infrastructure, high operating costs, and a shortage of financing to build new projects”.
It said that although the country’s solar power ambitions are still “large and ambitious”, the “major obstacles” include “a lack of access to financing for the large scale construction of solar plants, a high cost of energy and the fact that the projects are too small in scale to be economically viable”.
The report added that “the biggest obstacles for China” are the country having “a relatively small solar power system, a large number of existing power plants, and an inefficient and inefficient distribution system” which makes it difficult to “build large scale solar power projects”.
“The challenges for China are not simply the construction costs, but also the lack of political will to build large scale energy infrastructure,” the report said.
China is one of the world\’s largest consumers of energy supplies, and is widely seen as the world leader in the construction and installation of large solar power facilities.
It has been accused by some of its own