China’s New Solar City

Posted on May 24, 2010. Filed under: News, Recommendations, Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

Many solar panel companies have developed in both Europe and United States, and now more developing countries wanted to want to lower their carbon footprint as well, using solar panels. China has invested 34 billion dollars on both solar panels and wind turbines, double the amount of money as the United States.

In Dezhou, a city located in northern China, was acknowledged for raising poultry, and however now is known as ‘China’s Solar City.’  Huang Ming (president of Himin Solar Energy) has created the Himin Solar Energy Group, which is now currently ‘the biggest solar energy production base in the whole world.’ Some of the company’s products include solar lights, PV lighting products, solar panels, solar water heaters, and solar collectors. Huang Ming also created a low carbon five star hotel and now working on eco friendly apartment complexes. He mentions, in an interview at his corporate head quarters, “renewable energy doesn’t mean people have to be uncomfortable.”

At first, Huang Ming was an oil industry engineer, working at a petroleum research institute; however, he did not feel right about the impact oil had on the environment.  Thus, he created this company as a kind of ‘experiment’ to see if it would be successful in China. His heating devices and solar panels became quite popular in the city of Dezhou. Many villagers, especially farmers can now use hot water for showers regularly, rather than using communal bathrooms a couple times a month.

Some argue, that solar panels will help the economy minimally and decrease China’s carbon footprint to a certain extent. They believe that China will still rely heavily on fossil fuels for a lot of their energy. Huang Ming admits this argument, but later says “solar energy a drop in the ocean,” but has big plans for the future!

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