China Village Electrification Program

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A hydro power plant under construction in Shennongjia Forest District, Hubei

The China Village Electrification Program (Song Dian Dao Cun) is a scheme to provide renewable electricity to 3.5 million households in 10,000 villages by 2010. This is to be followed by full rural electrification using renewable energy by 2015.[1]

The total program is expected to cost in the region of US$5 billion, and solar generated electricity is expected to play a major role.[2] China produces around 20% of the world’s total solar cells, and production is growing at over 50% each year.[3] small hydro and wind power are also likely to be employed. The Program follows on from the smaller China Township Electrification Program which ended in 2005. China is committed to generating 10% of its electricity from renewables by 2010.

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  1. ^ Renewables Global Status Report 2006 Update, REN21, published 2006, accessed 2007-05-16
  2. ^ Rural Electrification, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, published 2007-05-01, accessed 2007-05-17
  3. ^ Enormous Growth of Chinese PV Industry, earthtoys.com, published February 2007, accessed 2007-05-17]