Monday, September 17, 2007

2008 Beijing Olympic Games To Widely Use Solar Energy

BEIJING, Sept 13 (Bernama) -- Solar power will be widely applied during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, China's Xinhua news agency reported Thursday quoting a senior government official as saying.

Li Zhonghai, senior official with the China Association for Standardization said about 90 percent of all the hot water used in the Olympic village will be solar heated, and 80 to 90 percent of street lights around the Olympic venues will also be solar powered.

Li, who is also the member of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) said about 40 million Chinese households, or 150 million Chinese people, now use solar energy in their daily lives.

According to the People's Daily, China is the world's biggest user of solar water heating.

Following the implementation of the Renewable Energy Law in 2006, China's solar heating market is valued at tens of billions of yuan and has provided hundreds of thousand jobs, said the newspaper.

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