Recent Initiative Reflects Growing Demand Throughout Asia Pacific -WUXI, China, March 17, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.
(NYSE: STP), the world's largest producer of crystalline silicon photovoltaic
modules, will supply solar panels for what will be the biggest solar power
plant in Taiwan. Owned and operated by the Taiwan Power Company, and developed
by Fortune Electric Co., Ltd., the new 4.7MW solar plant in Young'an,
Kaohsiung, Taiwan, will nearly double the island's current installed solar
capacity of about 5MW.
"We chose Suntech modules for superior performance and reliability, as
seen in utility-scale installations across Asia, Europe, and the Americas,"
said Liao Wen Sing, Vice President of Fortune Electric Co., Ltd. "We look
forward to working with Suntech on this momentous project - hopefully the
first of many large-scale solar plants in Taiwan."
Delivery of the 16,640 advanced polycrystalline modules, each with a peak
power output of up to 280 watts, will begin in June 2010. The system is
scheduled to start supplying decades of clean power in early 2011. The project
is a milestone in Taiwan's efforts to raise renewable energy production
capacity by more than 10GW in the next 20 years, diminish its reliance on
imported fossil fuels, and to reduce carbon emissions to year-2000 levels by
2025. Given the island's abundant sunlight, solar is expected to comprise a
substantial share of Taiwan's future energy portfolio.
"We have great expectations for the entire region. Asia and the Pacific
already account for about one-third of the world's total energy demand,
although its per-capita consumption is far less than the world's average,"
said Roger Ye, Suntech's President of Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa
(APMEA). "The region's booming populations, strong economic growth engines,
and abundant sunlight represent an exciting opportunity for solar and for
Suntech." According to a November 2009 report by the Asian Development Bank,
energy demand in Asia and the Pacific will grow by an estimated 2.4 percent
annually for the next twenty years, a cumulative 80% increase between 2005 and
Suntech's industry-leading products have already been utilized all around
the region, including in Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Australia, Korea,
Thailand and mainland China, among others. Around the world, Suntech has
delivered products to thousands of customers in more than 80 countries. This
global track record is a key differentiator for the brand in both established
and emerging solar markets, according to Suntech executives.
"The global nature of our operations and experience provides a unique
competitive advantage as we grow in emerging Asian markets and around the
world," said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Chairman and CEO of Suntech. "We are working
across borders and regions to power sustainable economic growth everywhere
under the sun."
About Suntech Power
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) is the world's leading solar
energy company as measured by production output of crystalline silicon solar
modules. Suntech designs, develops, manufactures, and markets premium quality,
high-output, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solar products for
electric power applications in the residential, commercial, industrial, and
public utility sectors. Suntech offers an extensive range of customer-centric
innovations, including its patent-pending Pluto technology for crystalline
silicon solar cells, which improves power output by up to 12% compared to
conventional production methods, its Reliathon(TM) module and platform, the
industry's first fully integrated utility-scale solar platform, and its broad
range of building-integrated solar products.
Suntech designs and delivers residential, commercial and utility-scale
solar power systems in China and the United States. With regional headquarters
in China, Switzerland and San Francisco and sales offices worldwide, Suntech
is passionate about improving the environment we live in and dedicated to
developing advanced solar solutions that enable sustainable development. For
more information, please visit http://www.suntech-power.com .
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constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of
the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private
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be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates,"
"future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements,
and includes the delivery date of modules to the plant, the completion date of
the plant, the ability of Taiwan to achieve its goals in renewable energy, and
the growth of energy consumption in Asia and the Pacific. Such statements
involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to
differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. Further
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with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report
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Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.
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Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.
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