The Top Runner Program as a Driver of Competitive, High-Efficiency Utility-Scale Demand in China

by Benjamin Attia, Yongyong Ji

Chinese demand continues to be the most significant input into the supply-demand balance in the global market. As previous briefs in this mini-series on Chinese demand have illustrated, we are seeing a diversification of demand drivers in the Chinese market that are reducing policy risk, increasing transparency and stabilizing shipment expectations for domestic manufacturers.

This brief focuses on the Top Runner Program, a National Energy Administration-sponsored competitive reverse auction scheme exclusively for projects using high-efficiency and high-quality certified products designed to create markets for advanced technology.

This brief is part of GTM Research’s Global Downstream Solar Service. To learn more or schedule a demo, please contact


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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