APRIL 2011
                                        

Suntech Power sets new solar installation on the top of the world

Mountaineers display a Suntech banner on Top of Mount Everest.

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., a producer of solar panels, will develop a 10MW solar installation on the roof of the world that will generate decades of clean electricity for thousands of residents of the Tibetan Plateau.

Located in Chek Kang village in the Sangri County, Shannan Prefecture, Tibet, the solar power plant will be one of the highest on earth at around 4,000 meters above sea level. With target completion by the middle of the 2011, the facility will generate around 20,000 MWh of renewable electricity per year to help facilitate sustainable economic development in Tibet.

Historically, the mountainous region has relied heavily on hydroelectric resources for much of its baseload power production. However, shifting weather patterns in recent years have caused more frequent droughts and reduced water volumes in hydroelectric reservoirs. These changes have led to peak power shortages that are an impediment to the region’s continued economic growth. The new 10 MW solar power plant will help to alleviate peak power shortages and serve as a strong complement to existing hydroelectric resources.

“With intense sunlight and cool temperatures, Tibet is extremely well-suited for the utilization of advanced photovoltaic technology,” said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech’s Founder, chairman and CEO.

Suntech has been active in rural electrification projects in Tibet. Over the last few years, Suntech has donated more than fifty independent solar systems for schools, community centers, and houses throughout the region. In 2008, Suntech installed a solar system at Mount Everest base camp to provide trekkers with clean and reliable access to power. A team of mountaineers carried a Suntech flag to the very peak of the world.