Applied materials adopt solar in
Mar 24, 2008 - cctv.com
As China is making efforts to develop
clean and renewable energy, local governments are
introducing more international advanced technologies
to ensure sustainable development and to protect the
environment. The world's largest semiconductor producer
Applied Materials has tapped into its solar power
generation capacity in Xi'an, capital city of northwest
China's Sha'anxi Province.
|The world's largest semiconductor
producer Applied Materials has tapped into its
solar power generation capacity in Xi'an, capital
city of northwest China's Sha'anxi Province.
The newly-inaugurated installation guarantees an
annual power capacity of over 65 megawatt hours, while
reducing greenhouse gas emissions of more than 65
tons per year. It is the first of its kind at an existing
corporate facility in Western China.
China has abundant sunlight resources. The volume
of solar radiation taken up by the land surface is
equivalent to 4.9 trillion tons of standard coal.
Two thirds of China's land areas have over 2,200 hours
of sunlight a year. With around 26 million people
who have no access to electricity, there is great
potential in China for the development of solar industry.
China is facing a shortage of petroleum and natural
gas resources. The top economic planner the NDRC has
released the renewable energy development plan for
2006-2010. Under the plan, annual consumption of renewable
energy will reach 10 percent of the country's total
annual energy consumption by 2010. In response, local
governments are also making efforts to develop clean
energy according to their own geographical situation.
Official of Hi-tech Industrial Development Zone of
Xi'an City of Shaanxi Province said "The city has
attached great importance to developing clean and
renewable energy. We are now improving related policies
to encourage its development. As for the industrial
sector, we will not approve projects with high-energy
consumption and bad pollution. Besides, all the road
lamps in the development zone consume renewable energy."
China has set a target for its domestic solar photovoltaic
market to reach up to 400 megawatts by 2010. The country
also plans to have hydropower projects with an installed
capacity of 190 million kilowatts, and wind power
projects with installed capacity of 10 million kilowatts.