The 7th Asia SOLAREXPO, taking place on 3–5 December 2011 in Shenzhen and jointly held by PennWell Corporation and Shenzhen Bai De Exhibition Co Ltd, will target one of the most dynamic sectors in China’s rapid expansion in power generation.

Senior management from PennWell Corporation and the Shenzhen Bai De Exhibition Co Ltd have formally announced the launch of the 7th Asia SOLAREXPO, a joint venture event in Shenzhen, South China.

Asia SOLAREXPO is one of China’s most established and mature solar events and Li Qinxiang, Shenzhen Bai De Exhibition’s managing director, was enthusiastic about the positive contribution that would be provided by PennWell’s involvement.

Glenn Ensor, director of international events for PennWell Corporation, said: “Asia SOLAREXPO exemplifies China’s ever-growing solar power influence worldwide and PennWell’s reputation as a world leader in energy publishing and producer of the largest energy events in the world.”

Left to right: Jim Callihan, vice-president and publisher of Renewable Energy World.com; Li Qinxiang, managing director of Shenzhen Bai De Exhibition Co Ltd; Glenn Ensor, director of international events for PennWell Corporation; Joel Laykin, secretary-general of Independent Power Producers Forum
Left to right: Jim Callihan, vice-president and publisher of Renewable Energy World.com; Li Qinxiang, managing director of Shenzhen Bai De Exhibition Co Ltd; Glenn Ensor, director of international events for PennWell Corporation; Joel Laykin, secretary-general of Independent Power Producers Forum

“The new partnership founded on these mutual strengths is envisioned as the beginning of a world class exhibition – engaging thousands of business-to-business visitors annually,” he said.

Jim Callihan, vice-president and publisher of Renewable Energy World.com said that Asia SOLAREXPO exemplifies what is best about solar power in China. “It is growing rapidly in size and its reputation for quality is high,” he said. “Asia Solar Expo is operated by expert management; it is open to new ideas for improvement; the management team is insightful for its view to the West and other parts of Asia – which all influence the rapid growth of solar power – not just in China, but around the world.”

Joel Laykin, secretary-general of the Independent Power Producers Forum (IPPF), also spoke at the conference on 16 August in Shenzhen to announce the venture.

“We wish success in this important event, an example of industry leadership in Southern China’s Pearl River Delta,” he said. “The IPPF is honoured to endorse the forthcoming Asia SOLAREXPO co-organized by Shenzhen Bai De Exhibition and the PennWell Corporation, a valued member of IPPF.”

Asia SOLAREXPO 2011 will be held at Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center on 3–5 December 2011 and is the largest and most established solar photovoltaic exhibition in South China, co-located with 6th South China Lithium Battery Technology Forum, and the 13th Risk Investment Forum.


SOLAR POWER IN CHINA

In solar power, as in many areas of power generation, China is moving fast in pursuit of ambitious targets. The national goal for installed solar power capacity has now doubled to 10 GW by 2015 and 50 GW by 2020, the state media recently reported.

This objective includes 3 GW of roof-mounted solar power generating capacity by 2015 and 25 GW by 2020, the China Securities Journal reported, citing a government renewable energy development plan that is likely to be unveiled soon.

In July, China also set a unified grid feed-in tariff for solar power generation for the first time ever, giving clearer guidance for solar power project developers when making investment decisions.

China’s commitment to solar power is also inescapable in the city of Shenzhen, the host of Asia SOLAREXPO 2011, where all newly constructed buildings with fewer than 12 floors are required to install solar panels. Designated as a pilot city under the central government’s renewable energy plans, Shenzhen is also obliged to establish renewable generation capacity across 7 million m2 over three years.

Shenzhen’s achievements to date in the field of solar generation include: China’s first photovoltaic (PV) panel wall building – the Shenzhen FangDa Building – in 2002; Asia’s first commercial 1 MW grid-connected solar PV plant at Shenzhen International Park Expo in 2004; China’s largest building integrated PV (BIPV) project – Shenzhen North Railway Station – completed in November 2010; China’s largest thin-film PV roof project – EB-DuPont solar photovoltaic power generation project, with an installed capacity of 1.3 MW – completed in November 2010.

Shenzhen, which has established 40 solar demonstration projects over the last five years, has a population of more than 14 million and is China’s fastest growing city.

Asia SOLAREXPO, China’s longest established solar exhibition and one of only two industrial-scale solar events in the country, will be targeting all sector’s of the region’s fast-developing solar industry.

Covering more than 100 000 m2, Asia SOLAREXPO will feature solar-related components, materials, applications, systems and advanced technologies. In addition to bringing international exhibitors to China, PennWell will also develop an international conference for the event that will foster networking and the exchange of information.

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