China continues its push to become the world’s leading alternative energy powerhouse. The central government has revised its development target for solar energy. The revised plan seeks to have 50% of China’s electricity generated by solar farms by 2015. China also claims that wind power will play a big part in its alternative energy future, saying that more than 100 gigawatts of electricity will be generated by wind turbines in 2015.
Earlier last year, the Chinese government instituted a new sleuth of tax cuts for companies adopting alternative energies. The government also upgraded its power grid to be more compatible with sustainable fuels, hoping that more businesses would be willing to invest in alternative energy if it worked well with the national infrastructure. China had originally had plans to develop an extensive nuclear power system, but after the Japanese earthquake earlier this year, which sparked a major nuclear crisis, the nation has since re-envisioned its energy future.
China’s capacity for solar and wind power is well known. The government expects that alternative energy will account for the majority of the nation’s generated electricity by 2015, though there is much work yet to be done to make such an ambitious goal a reality. If China succeeds, it will become one of the first and largest countries to incorporate alternative energy on a large scale.