Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Suntech Chairman and CEO Dr. Zhengrong Shi Named China's 2007 Green Person of the Year

December 18, 2007: 08:00 AM EST

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Dec. 18 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. one of the world's leading manufacturers of photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, today announced that Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's Chairman and CEO, has been named one of China's Green Persons of the Year for his outstanding contribution to environmental protection initiatives and environmental awareness within China. The award was presented to Dr. Shi and eight other recipients at a ceremony held in Beijing on December 14, 2007.

The national award, sponsored by seven Chinese government institutions including the State Environmental Protection Administration, Central Propaganda Department, National Environmental Protection Committee, Population, Resources and Environment Committee of the CPPCC, Ministry of Culture, State Administration of Radio, and the Chinese Communist Youth League and supported by the United Nations Environmental Program, is China's highest honor for those that make exceptional contributions to environmental protection. Dr. Shi and eight others were chosen to receive the award after a nationwide selection process that combined results from internet polling, media surveys and opinions from a panel of experts.

"I am honored to receive this national accolade for environmental protection," said Dr. Zhengrong Shi. "The increasing symptoms of climate change are a concern not just for China, but the entire world and I believe that it is our responsibility, both as individuals and as corporations, to proactively support initiatives that conserve our environment and encourage sustainable development. I have no doubt that solar power will play a critical role in this broader environmental conservation movement, and Suntech will continue to drive technology advancements to reduce cost and facilitate the widespread adoption of solar power."

Suntech plays a leading role in the development of green initiatives in China through sponsorship of environmental protection programs, participation in the design and installation of solar projects, and continuous education of Chinese constituents. Dr. Shi personally devotes over 20 percent of his time to meeting with Chinese government officials, business leaders, academics and citizens to build awareness about climate change and global warming.

Suntech's commitment to the highest standards of resource conservation and environmental protection extend to its own facilities. Suntech is currently constructing its new headquarters in Wuxi, China which will incorporate a wide variety of environmentally friendly architectural techniques including geothermal heating, convection cooling, extensive use of natural light, rain water recycling, and a 1MW solar fa?ade that are designed to ensure that the building will generate 85% of its energy needs from renewable sources.

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