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Solar energy is becoming the third most important renewable source in terms of globally installed capacity, after hydro and wind power. China is experiencing a rapid expansion in the solar power industry. This paper provides a good overview of the current status and future development of solar generation in China. This paper discusses medium and long-term planning goals of solar power in China including interconnection and grid planning challenges. Interconnection rules, government regulations, financial incentive and subsidy programs, tariffs and tax issues with regards to solar power development are also discussed. Specific numbers are given with regards to nationwide installed solar power capacity at the present and in the future. The paper shares the Chinese solar power development experience with the world solar power industry and contributes to the area of generation mix strategies, planning and interconnection.