China Creates World's Largest Solar Energy Industry
Dec 13, 2007 - SinoCast
As the world's largest consumer and producer of
solar water heaters, China ranks the global No.1 by
its solar energy industry size, according to the National
Reform and Development Committee (NRDC).
The nation's annual solar water heater production
capacity reached 15 million square meters by the end
of 2006. The total heat collecting surface area of
solar water heaters in use amounted to 100 million
square meters, both the largest in the world. With
over 1,000 solar water heater companies and an annual
production value of nearly CNY 12 billion, the country
has already formed a complete solar energy industrial
chain, said the NRDC.
Meanwhile, there are over 20 solar cell and accessories
factories in the country with an annual production
capacity of 1,500 mega-kilowatts. China's solar giant
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) has become
one of the top 10 listed companies in the global photovoltaic
In addition, the nation also makes wide use of solar
thermal energies such as solar room, solar cooker
and solar greenhouse.