Thanks to huge demand in the emerging markets, China’s export of photovoltaic modules jumped 77.63 percent to 16.78 GW in
the first quarter, with exports value rising 31.89 percent to $4.39 billion, news portal Jiemian reported.
The report, citing newly released Import and Export Analysis Report of China’s Photovoltaic Prod
ucts in Q1 2019 by the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Pr
ducts, said the cut in prices of China’s photovoltaic modules boosted purchase of overseas buyers.
The top five export destinations of China’s photovoltaic products
in the first quarter were Vietnam, the Netherlands, India, Japan, and Australia, the report said.
According to locals like Ahmat, the Lop Nur people fished for food in the area famous for the
vast Lop Nur lake, where historically the Tarim River ended. The lake dried up not long after the water in the
river had gone. As such, many fishermen packed away their rods and instead pursued herding and farming.
“When I was a child, I never ate fish. Nor did I ever see my grandfather or father go fishing,” says Ahmat.
When the ‘black storms’ struck, I could see nothing, and the shee
p couldn’t find their way home,” he recalled of the sandstorms in the old days.
“Nothing could be seen when a black storm hit, and nothing was left after the sto
rm,” says Wang Jianben, 74, who lives on a farm some 100 km away from Ahmat’s village.
“Most of the crops would be blown away, and the farmers had to replant the crops three to four times in a single spring.”
nced that when conditions are right, artificial means will be used to make rain.
Chen Lijuan, the chief weather forecaster of the National Climate Center, sai
d rain is on the way to the northeast and will arrive next week. That should alleviate the
drought, but dry conditions will continue to make things worse in Yunnan, she said.
Zhou Wenyi, a 26-year-old from Kunming, Yunnan province, said that the weather is very strange this year.
“The climate of Yunnan is kind of like the southeastern Asian countr
ies, where April and May are the two hottest periods before the rainy season arrives. The hig
hest temperature in Yunnan’s summer period usually is around 21 to 22 C,” she said.
dumping and anti-subsidy measures, have largely reduced China’s export to the country.
Photovoltaic modules export to India also slumped 24.4 percent to 1.81 GW in the first quarter, as the Indian government ordere
d that all photovoltaic modules for government and central public utilities projects should be 100 percent India-made.
China’s top five photovoltaic modules exporters in value in the first quarter were Jinko Solar, J
A Solar, Trina Solar, Canadian Solar, and Longi, taking up 12.8, 8.6, 8.3, 7.4, and 6.7 percent, resp
ectively, of total export value. Export volume of the top 12 exporters took up 65 percent of total export, added the report.
The report projected that China’s photovoltaic modules capacity will furth
er expand 8.5 percent to 83 GW this year, with nearly 50 GW exported to the overseas market.