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The world's 'Solar King'


RIGHT LIVING: Huang Ming of Himin Solar last week received the Right Livelihood Prize, also known as the "alternative Nobel" for the development of new innovations to harness the power of the sun.

China, the world's largest greenhouse emitter, has produced an unlikley environmental hero. Known as the "Solar King" 52-year-old Huang Ming is a passionate green energy visionary.

Recently awarded the Alternative Nobel Prize, Ming is one of the world's solar technology pioneers. Established in 1995, his company Himin has sold over 200 million solar water heaters and is one of the largest producers of solar energy in the world.

"Western lifestyle is totally wrong," Ming told a room of budding entrepreneurs in Sweden, recently. 'Why don't they buy solar cells for their swimming pools?"

The unassuming billionaire says his hopes for a cleaner earth were inspired by the birth of his daughter 25 years ago. "After she was born, I worked hard to find a way out of the world's unsustanaible growth and wastage of energy," he says.

As a petroleum engineer, Ming understood that fossil oil was running out and its increased use was warming the earth. "I went to the library and all the books there were on solar energy," he recalls.Using his salary at China's Petroleum Research Institute to secretly fund his private study, he learned all he could about designing solar cells.

The research led him to found Himin and a solar valley in Dezhou, one of the world's largest solar development projects. Himin's slogan in Chinese is: 'For a blue sky and white clouds for your children, go solar".

There has been no looking back. In the past 20 years, Himin has rolled out billions of solar panels. More than 250 million people in China use solar energy to heat water and for electricity.

Ming's Solar Valley Project in Dezhou in China .
While China is the world's largest manufaturer of wind turbines and photovoltaic cells it is also the largest consumer of oil and coal, and the world's largest emitter of greenhouse gases.

Huang Ming knows this all too well. He served as a National People's Congress delegate and was a key player in getting China's renewable energy law adopted in 2005, a task he admits was an uphill battle. The awards do not satisfy Ming, as he understands the formidable challenges ahead.

"We are only at the beginning, so don't talk about success yet." he says Asked about the future of his Himin solar company, Huang Ming waxes philosophical. "I don't care about the future of Himin Group, I care about the future of human beings."

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1. Rajaram
Why not explore the possibility of enlarging the use of solar energy projects in Nepal following the foot-steps of Huang Ming in our country also.
 Send our solar engineers and technicians to study in China, our next door neighbor and in Himin Factory ?
Young persons go East!

2. Karma
Yes, build a solar factory in nepal so that we can generate more alternative energy. Come Home Young person.

3. who cares
we have ample supply of sun light and wind and yet we are unable to produce enough energy for the world, what a shame!

(11 JAN 2013 - 17 JAN 2013)