China's involvement in South Africa's wind and solar PV industries

Baker, Lucy and Shen, Wei (2017) China's involvement in South Africa's wind and solar PV industries. Working Paper. China Africa Research Initiative, Washington DC.

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China is now a global leader in renewable energy production,an important player in development finance and climate change diplomacy, and the world’s largest provider of energy finance. Meanwhile, in recent years, South Africa has emerged as a regional leader in renewable energy development following the launch of its renewable energy independent power producers’ procurement program (RE IPPPP). In this paper we explore the different modes of involvement of Chinese companies in South Africa’s solar PV and wind energy sectors, and how the differentiated technological and industrial trajectories of Chinese companies are interacting
with South Africa’s unique national context. In doing so we reveal complex interactions between evolving market
dynamics, and international and domestic factors in both
China and South Africa. Such dynamics, which may at once be political, technical, economic and social, include the highly globalized nature of production chains in wind and solar PV, accompanied by increasingly consolidated markets, and ongoing trade disputes between Chinese, and EU and US solar PV manufacturing companies.

Item Type: Reports and working papers (Working Paper)
Keywords: China, South Africa, renewable energy
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
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Depositing User: Lucy Baker
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2018 13:15
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 13:15

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China's involvement in South Africa's renewable energy sectorG2037SCHOOL OF ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL STUDIESSAIS-CARI-15-03