Less nuclear, more solar in China's future power gen plans

China will cut its 2020 target for nuclear power capacity and build more solar farms following Japan’s nuclear crisis, according to a report from Bloomberg. 

The country will reduce its nuclear capacity goal of 80 GW, Ren Dongming, director of the renewable energy development center under the economic planner’s energy research institute, was quoted as saying at a Beijing conference. He did not give a new target. The goal for solar-power capacity will increase from the current target of 20 GW.

The Chinese government approved on March 1 a proposal by  China Huaneng Group to develop a 4,000 MW atomic plant in Shandong province.

China currently has at least 14 reactors in operation and is constructing at least 27 reactors. It also has 50 more planned.

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