Himin Solar to expand environment-friendly business
Himin Solar is currently China's largest solar enterprise. It is the world's largest solar water heater producer and sells 300 million sq m of solar water heaters annually. The amount equates to the total amount of solar water heaters produced in the European Union and twice that of the United States. Apart from solar water heaters, Himin Solar has also adopted more advanced technology to make solar thermal power generation, solar air-conditioning, solar swimming pools and energy efficient glass.
Huang recalls that just a decade ago, the concept of going green and using solar energy was an unfamiliar concept.
“Very few people used solar energy then. We conducted roadshows, awareness campaigns and engaged the media as well as carried out promotions to enhance solar energy awareness in the country,” he says.
Such campaigns have been fruitful evidently. Today China is the world's largest producer and user of solar collectors with an output of 1.45 million sq m.
Huang says that apart from residential usage in its initial stages, solar energy usage has expanded to hotels, schools, halls and shopping malls.
He considers Malaysia to be at the point where China was years ago. He says more education will be needed to inform the public of the benefits of using solar energy. “It is not just saving money. We are also doing our part for the environment by using solar energy and it is also an investment.”
However, he recognises that Malaysia is “lacking a starting point” at the moment but believes this will happen eventually. Malaysia has yet to see the extensive usage of solar water heaters or solar panel products like in China. However, the passing of the Renewable Energy Act 2011 recently is without a doubt a milestone for renewable energy.
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