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Roadmap for small wind power in China

Wind energy: small-scale

Small wind turbines on the isle of Eigg, Scotland

Smaller-scale wind turbines can be found in a wide range of applications including off-grid power; either directly by charging a storage battery or in combination with another form of generation to cover intermittent periods when there is little to no wind. In such instances small wind may be cost effective depending on the costs of alternate off-grid technologies and fuel prices; however the overall contribution of small wind to climate change mitigation will probably be limited due to the long payback periods required to offset the carbon used in their manufacture.

Clean Development Mechanism market status: 

[this information is kindly provided by the UNEP Risoe Centre Carbon Markets Group]

Project developers of small-scale wind projects under the CDM mainly apply the following CDM methdologies:

AMS-I.D.: Grid connected renewable electricity generation

AMS-I.A.: Electricity generation by the user

CDM projects based on wind represent 17.3% of all CDM projects in the pipeline. Recent years have shown a tendency towards a more widening geographical dispersal of CDM wind projects, indicating that countries other than India and China observe the CDM as a tool to support wind projects. [media:image:3] 

To conduct a detailed study and evaluation on the potential of the SWP industry in China for both on-grid and off-grid applications, and make specific policy and strategy recommendations to the Chinese government to promote its growth.


39° 55' 44.04" N, 116° 23' 16.8" E
Main activity and output: 
  • Undertake survey of the small wind power industry in China and around the world, including situation analysis of SWP in distributed generation
  • Conduct an extensive technical and economic analysis of both on- and off-grid applications for SWP, covering technology, deployment and policies.
  • Draft specific policy and strategy recommendations as well as an overall SWP industry roadmap document and present it to the China National Energy Administration (NEA)
  • Produce final survey report covering aspects such as global market potential, identification of  barriers
  • Organise a workshop to disseminate the results of this study and to discuss the effective policy and regulation
Expected impact: 
  • Solid base for SWP strategy and policy development, particularly an incentive policy that will encourage the use of SWP in distributed generation
  • Improved living conditions in rural and underdeveloped areas, where the use of small scale wind turbines will give both energy and income to farms.
  • Expansion of the SWP industry, with new applications, lowered production costs, and increased product quality, and a metering regulation consistent with SWP needs
  • A standards and certification system will be developed, consistent with the policies recommended in this project.
  • Reduced GHG emissions