China Village Electrification Program
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.
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. China produces around 20% of the world’s total solar cells, and production is growing at over 50% each year. 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.
- National Renewable Energy Laboratory publications
- NREL: Efficient System Design and Sustainable Finance for China’s Village Electrification Program
- Beijing Bergey Windpower Company: Wind Technology and Rural Electrification
- ProjektConsult: Photoelectric Hybrid Plants for Village Electrification
- Photovoltaics in Rural Electrification
- China: Capacity Building for the Rapid Commercialisation of Renewable Energy
- Alliance for Rural Electrification (non-profit trade organization)
- The Renewable Energy Law (text)
- March 9, 2005, RenewableEnergyAccess.com: China Passes Renewable Energy Law
- Renewables Global Status Report 2006 Update Archived July 18, 2011, at the Wayback Machine, REN21, published 2006, accessed 2007-05-16
- Rural Electrification Archived 2007-05-23 at the Wayback Machine, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, published 2007-05-01, accessed 2007-05-17
- Enormous Growth of Chinese PV Industry Archived 2007-04-08 at the Wayback Machine, earthtoys.com, published February 2007, accessed 2007-05-17]