China: Brightness Program
The Brightness Program includes the Township and Village Electrification Programs and is designed to bring electricity to rural areas and help alleviate poverty. China is focusing its efforts in the western provinces including Inner Mongolia, Tibet, Qunghai, Gansu, and Xinjiang. The Township Electrification Program targets 1065 towns to be provided with either solar or small scale hydro power.
Date Implemented: 1998
Status: In Force; Mandatory
Funding Information: Government spent 50 million US$ from 2001-2005. Other costs expected to be covered by users and government grants. Assistance from Germany and Holland.
Target: to provide electricity to 8 million people initially, and later 23 million people by 2010 using renewable energy and eventually provide 100 watts per person.