China’s Poverty Alleviation Program as a Stable Driver of Demand

by Benjamin Attia, Yongyong Ji

In 2014, Chinese President Xi Jinping visited a showcase PV project in rural Jinzhai County in Anhui Province, drawing an unexpected level of attention and central government support to the role that residential and village-scale solar can play in economic development, especially in the context of China’s national goal of eradicating poverty for the 70 million people living below the poverty line by 2020. Following this visit, the NEA announced a plan to raise incomes using solar in 16 provinces and 471 counties.

This research note describes the program details and systems covered by it, as well as financing structures, potential challenges and risks.


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Benjamin Attia Analyst, Solar

Benjamin Attia is an Analyst with GTM Research’s Global Demand team, providing data analysis and forecasts, market research, and bespoke strategy consulting and advisory to key stakeholders in on-grid and off-grid solar markets in emerging economies in Southeast Asia, India, and Sub-Saharan Africa. He holds a Master of Energy & Environmental Policy and a B.S. in Economics and Energy & Environmental Policy from the University of Delaware.

Yongyong Ji Consultant

Yongyong Ji is an independent consultant on Chinese and Asian clean energy markets. He has experience conducting business and project development in China for major U.S. solar companies. Previously, Yongyong worked on clean coal technology, primarily in the U.S. and Southeast Asia. Currently, he works and lives in the Bay Area.

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