The mood music was far less upbeat than usual for renewable energy at China’s most important annual policymaking forum, which wrapped up in Beijing at the end of last week.

The delayed national ‘Two Sessions’ – the plenary meetings of National People's Congress (NPC) and Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) members attended by 5,000 delegates ­– was firmly focused on stimulus measures to restart the economy, but there was not yet a sign that officials would bend to pleas from the wind and solar sector for their own top post-Covid request for leniency over project deadlines.