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Suntech solar panels at 2010 Vancouver Olympics

Suntech Power Holdings Co Ltd has provided solar panels to power a net-zero home at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

The showcase net-zero home, located in the Whistler resort, includes a variety of design elements and technologies to make the house ultra-efficient, and capable of creating energy equal to its annual energy consumption.

Suntech's Just Roof™ solar roofing system provides 6 kW of solar energy to the 2200 ft2 home, which will be used throughout the duration of the Winter Olympics to house Canadian Olympic athletes as part of the Home Field Advantage programme.

"The world's focus is on the sportsmanship and excitement of the 2010 Winter Olympics with the incredible backdrop of the Vancouver environment, and as such, it is a great time for the clean energy community to show off the potential of sustainable, zero-energy living - especially in a place like Whistler, with an annual snow fall of 30 ft," says Steve Chan, Chief Strategy Officer, Suntech.

"This home is proof-positive that net-zero homes are accessible for today's homeowners and home builders."

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