How China is using Solar PV to alleviate poverty

Last Modified: Wed Nov 30 2016 17:53:35 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 2015
    President Xi Jinping announced the Chinese government would eradicate poverty in China by 2020.
  • 70 million
    people live below the poverty line as of now.
  • 200 million
    Chinese households within 16 provinces and 271 counties have been targeted by China’s National Energy Administration for raising their incomes by making them stakeholders in village based solar power stations.
  • 3-5 kilowatts
    rated rooftop solar panels will be installed on the roofs of villagers identified as living below the poverty line. They will also become shareholders of solar power stations in their village with a generating capacity of around 60-100 kilowatts.
  • 2,300 yuan / year
    (about US$1 per day) poverty line marker in China. Average income of the villagers in the targeted villages is well below this level.
  • 3,000 yuan
    (around US$430) estimated extra income that families could earn each year from selling electricity thus generated and/or savings in electricity bills since they will now consume their own power.
  • 182 villages
    (with 30,000 residents) in the county have been identified as eligible for the project.
  • 57
    solar parks already built in 2015, with the remaining 125 expected to be finished this year!