A northeastern Chinese province classified wind, rain and sunlight as state-owned resources, part of efforts to regulate renewable energy companies.
The new rules in Heilongjiang province, first outlined in a draft published in January, were approved by the regional legislature and go into effect Aug. 1, the Heilongjiang government said today in a statement.
Heilongjiang’s rules are the first in China as national leaders encourage development of solar and wind farms to meet its target to cut emissions by 17 percent per unit of gross domestic product through 2015.
The rules call for developers to obtain licenses from the provincial Development and Reform Commission, the Heilongjiang government said in a draft of the rules in January. Equipment to explore wind and solar energy must be examined by meteorological agencies.
China Longyuan Power Group Corp. (916), the nation’s biggest wind-energy developer, and China Datang Corp. Power Renewable Power Co. (1798) are among companies planning to invest in renewable energy projects in the province.
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