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In the last few years China has emerged as the world’s solar powerhouse. By setting the ambitious goals of generating 15 per cent of its energy from green sources by 2020 and becoming the world’s largest exporter of clean energy technology, China is posed to become a model for the rest of us to follow.

Serious Chinese Government support has allowed Chinese entrepreneurs to develop and produce some of the cheapest materials, which in turn have driven prices throughout the market down. This trend has helped make it possible for companies like Sungevity to bring affordable solar to Californians!

In addition to emerging as major solar manufacturers, the Chinese are starting to work on their own solar projects. In September 2009, it was announced that Arizona’s First Solar, in conjunction with the Chinese Government, is going to start working on a 25 square mile photovoltaic farm on the Mongolian Steppes. The plant, expected to be complete in 2019, is projected to generate enough energy to power 3 million households!

Check out what Danny Kennedy has to say on the subject at sfgate’s City Brights.

Here at Sungevity, our hats are off to the Chinese for all of their progress. Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Posted by Danny Kennedy

Danny Kennedy co-founded Sungevity and now serves as strategic advisor. He is an internationally recognized opinion leader on climate and energy issues. He is the author of Rooftop Revolution: How Solar Power Can Save Our Economy - and Planet - from Dirty Energy (2012), a book that has been described as the clean energy manifesto for the next greatest generation.