Finally, momentum appears to be building, with 800MW of annual capacity additions on the cards by the end of the year.

“It’s not great, but it’s definitely a good improvement on 350MW last year,” observes Shane Sun, senior analyst and Asia-Pacific chief at MAKE Consulting. “Going into 2017, we expect to see the market break the gigawatt level.”

Nevertheless, a number of key issues continue to hold back development — not least the reluctance to import tried-and-tested equipment and expert knowledge from Europe, something that looks set to change.