Although China produces over 30% of the world's solar photovoltaics (PV), installed PV in China only reached a total of 140MW in 2008, according to the state-owned newspaper, China Daily, accounting for less than 1% of the global market share.

Thanks to cheaper raw materials and PV technology innovation, solar electricity cost in China is estimated to have declined by 50% from 2006 to 2008, making solar power a strong candidate to become a major energy resource.