Skip to main content

Solar now cheaper than coal in cities across China

by Futures Centre, Sep 6
1 minute read

A study published in Nature Energy finds that 344 prefecture-level Chinese cities can achieve solar PV electricity prices lower than grid-supplied prices, without subsidies. 

The Climate Group, Flickr


Reaching grid parity – the point at which solar generation costs the same as electricity from the grid – represents a key stage in the expansion of renewable energy sources. The report authors attribute this milestone for China to a combination of technological advances, cost declines and government support, with 100 policies supporting the PV industry since the year 2000. However, in 2018, they explain, China cut subsidies to make the industry less dependent on state support and shift its focus from scale to quality.


by Futures Centre Spotted 1994 signals

Have you spotted a signal of change?

Register to receive the latest from the Futures Centre.
Sign up

  • 0
  • Share

Related signals

Our use of cookies

We use necessary cookies to make our site work. We'd also like to set optional analytics cookies to help us improve it. We won't set optional cookies unless you enable them. Using this tool will set a cookie on your device to remember your preferences.

For more detailed information about the cookies we use, see our Cookies page.

Necessary cookies

Necessary cookies enable core functionality such as security, network management, and accessibility. You may disable these by changing your browser settings, but this may affect how the website functions.

Analytics cookies

We'd like to set Google Analytics cookies to help us to improve our website by collecting and reporting information on how you use it. The cookies collect information in a way that does not directly identify anyone. For more information on how these cookies work, please see our 'Cookies page'.