Shaanxi Province Ramps up Solar, LED Efforts

Mar142011

During a recent trip to Applied Materials headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif. China's Shaanxi Province Deputy Governor Wu Dengchang (center) and his team met with Applied Materials’ Mark Pinto, vice president, Energy and Environmental Solutions group (right of Wu) and Charlie Gay, president Applied Solar (left of Wu) and outlined the 5-years plan to quickly ramp up the total capacity of solar production as well as grow the domestic market for solar and LED applications.

This plan follows China’s recently announced government plan to increase non-fossil energy consumption to 11.4% and reduce CO2 emission by 17% over the next 5 years. Both initiatives are a testament to China’s clean tech leadership and provide great opportunities for broader adoption of solar power as well as massive use of LED lighting.

Deputy Governor Wu pointed out during his visit that Shaanxi, as the hub of Applied Materials’ renewable energy R&D center, plays a critical role in supporting the fast sustainable growth of Shaanxi and of China as well.

Shaanxi Province is becoming one of the most important places in the world, not only because of the world famous, Terra-Cotta soldiers, but also because it is home to the world’s largest private solar R&D facility —The Applied Materials Solar Technology Center — located in Xi'an, China. Now, Shaanxi is also moving at full speed to pursue their ambitions for solid state lighting. The government has an aggressive plan for an integrated LED supply chain including everything from EPI wafer manufacturing and cell production to back-end packaging and end-product applications.

I believe, in the near future — like the Terra-cotta soldiers— solar and LED cells will put Shaanxi on the map.

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