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Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association appoints first chairman

The newly established Asian Photovoltaic Industry Association (APVIA) has appointed Suntech Power's CEO and Founder, Dr Zhengrong Shi, as its first Chief Chairman.

By Kari Williamson

Shi will be the Chief Chairman of the solar photovoltaic (PV) association, which consists of 670 solar PV enterprises, 23 industry associations and 15 research institutions.

“With the Asian PV industry projected to account for approximately one-third of global demand by 2015, Asia is uniquely positioned to lead the charge in driving the growth of the PV industry worldwide,” says Shi.

“Asia is home to a number of leading PV companies with excellence in manufacturing, technology and R&D, and boasts amazing solar resources. Through APVIA, the PV ecosystem will collaborate to develop the best technologies, achieve economies of scale, and identify market opportunities to achieve grid parity both in Asia and the world.”

The founding ceremony of APVIA was held in Singapore on October 31, 2011 during International Energy Week, an annual platform for energy professionals, policy-makers and commentators.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Shi as the first Chief Chairman of APVIA,” comments Tom Wu, Secretary General of the Taiwan Photovoltaic Industry Association.

“APVIA has a strong leader in Dr. Shi who can lead the Asian photovoltaic industry to achieve grid parity. We are excited to work together to help drive job growth and solar installations anywhere the sun shines.”

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