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Energy-Hungry China Warms to Solar Water Heaters

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Posted by H. E. Taylor on June 7, 2006, 6:44 am
2006/06/05: PlanetArk: Energy-Hungry China Warms to Solar Water Heaters

Dusty Dezhou was relegated to the footnotes of Chinese history for centuries,
known mainly as the place where a Filipino king died.
Now, Huang Ming hopes hot water will help put it on the map.

His company has earned a fortune manufacturing solar heaters,
relatively low-tech rooftop devices which capture the sun's
energy to provide water for baths and washing and are at the
forefront of a renewable energy drive.

At least 30 million Chinese households now have one and last
year the country accounted for around 80 percent of the world
market, said Eric Martinot, visiting scholar at Beijing's Tsinghua
University. "We are at 15 to 20 percent annual growth and I
don't see that slowing down."

Huang says his Dezhou-based firm, China Himin Solar Energy
Group, is the largest in a fragmented and almost entirely Chinese
market, with a share of around 14 percent.

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