Caixin
Dec 02, 2022 09:41 PM
BUSINESS

In Depth: China Households, Businesses Take Shine to Rooftop Photovoltaics

Workers install solar panels on a factory’s roof on June 23 in Wuzhou, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Photo: VCG
Workers install solar panels on a factory’s roof on June 23 in Wuzhou, South China’s Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region. Photo: VCG

More and more photovoltaic panels are appearing on the rooftops of factories, buildings and homes around China as policy support and market demand make self-generated solar energy an increasingly attractive, reliable source of power.

But while the adoption of so-called distributed solar power is growing, challenges remain for the power market and system to accommodate these sporadic new sources of energy. That includes at the administrative level — where attempts to coordinate and pool contracts have sometimes disempowered landholders — and at the practical level where such systems can generate so much power that they overload grids.

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