China’s solar industry is expected to produce 25% more panels in 2017 than last year, supported by domestic sales and demand from the United States and emerging markets, the head of a Chinese industry association said. China was expected to produce solar panels with a combined capacity of 60 gigawatts (GW) this year, said Wang Bohua, secretary general of China’s photovoltaic industry association. China produced panels with capacity of 48 GW in 2016. Despite growing global demand, China’s solar industry faced challenges ranging from possible tariffs abroad to inadequate grid connections at home, Wang told an industry gathering. According to Reuters, the United States has been vying with China and India to become a market leader in an industry where production costs have tumbled, favoring producers of scale. In China, solar generation has been hindered by wastage or curtailment, in which inadequate grid connections mean not all capacity is utilized.
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