First PV Module Testing Lab in China to be Awarded Underwriters Laboratories
Witness Testing Data Program Certificate
SAN FRANCISCO and WUXI, China, June 18 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Suntech Power
Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP), the world's largest crystalline silicon
photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturer, today announced that it has opened the
first state-of-the-art PV module testing laboratory in China to be awarded the
Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Witness Testing Data Program (WTDP) Certificate.
Located at Suntech's headquarters in Wuxi, the world-class PV module
testing facility is the largest in China with 1400sqm and 7000sqm of indoor
and outdoor testing space, respectively. The cutting edge test equipment
includes pulse and continuous solar simulators, walk-in climate chambers,
mechanical load and hail testers, electroluminescence testers, and high
precision infrared cameras to evaluate all aspects of module quality and
performance. All the equipment and testing procedures accord with the
stringent standards of UL1703, IEC61215 and IEC61730-2. Through UL's WTDP, PV
module tests may be conducted under the supervision of highly experienced UL
personnel and subsequently awarded certification enabling Suntech to bring
solar products to market faster.
Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's Chairman and CEO said, "This new
state-of-the-art PV module testing laboratory reflects Suntech's goal of
producing the highest quality and most reliable solar panels in the industry.
Underwriters Laboratories has exceptional, globally recognized expertise in
quality testing, and it is an honor to be the first solar company in China to
be awarded with the Witness Testing Data Program certificate. In close
collaboration with UL, this witness testing program will enable us to
accelerate the testing and qualification of Suntech PV modules so that we can
bring the latest solar technology to our customers as fast as possible. In the
current environment, we believe that there is a flight to quality module
producers and that customers value our commitment to ensuring the reliability
of our products."
Scot Webster, UL's SVP of CAS Engineering and Laboratory Operations said,
"It is excellent to see the world's largest crystalline silicon module
manufacturer taking the lead in module quality with the establishment of this
world-class test laboratory. Suntech has already garnered a reputation for
producing premium quality solar products and this new lab will no doubt
enhance customer confidence in Suntech products. We look forward to building
UL's relationship with Suntech to certify the safety and quality of ongoing
evolutions of solar technology."
Underwriters Laboratories(R) is an independent product safety
certification organization that has been testing products and writing
standards for safety for more than a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000
types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 21 billion
UL Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year. UL's worldwide
family of companies and network of service providers includes 62 laboratory,
testing and certification facilities serving customers in 99 countries. For
more information, please visit: http://www.UL.com/newsroom .
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) is the world's leading solar
energy company as measured by production output of crystalline silicon solar
modules. Suntech designs, develops, manufactures, and markets premium quality,
high-output, cost-effective and environmentally friendly solar products for
electric power applications in the residential, commercial, industrial, and
public utility sectors. Suntech's
patent-pending Pluto technology for crystalline silicon solar cells improves
power output by up to 12% compared to conventional production methods. Suntech
also offers one of the broadest ranges of
building-integrated solar products under the MSK Solar Design Line(TM).
Suntech designs and delivers commercial and utility scale solar power
systems through its wholly owned subsidiary Suntech Energy Engineering and
will own and operate projects greater than 10 megawatts in the United States
through Gemini Solar Development Company, a joint venture with Renewable
Ventures, a Fotowatio company. With regional headquarters in China,
Switzerland and San Francisco and sales offices worldwide, Suntech is
passionate about improving the environment we live in and dedicated to
developing advanced solar solutions that enable sustainable development. For
more information, please visit http://www.suntech-power.com .
Safe Harbor Statement
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constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of
the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can
be identified by terminology such as "will," "expects," "anticipates,"
"future," "intends," "plans," "believes," "estimates" and similar statements,
and includes the ability of Suntech to accelerate the testing and
qualification of Suntech PV modules, and Suntech's ability to produce the
highest quality and most reliable solar panels in the industry. Such
statements involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements.
Further information regarding these and other risks is included in Suntech's
filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual
report on Form 20-F. Suntech does not undertake any obligation to update any
forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or
otherwise, except as required under applicable law.
For further information, please contact:
Investor Relations Director
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.
In the United States:
Sanjay M. Hurry
The Piacente Group, Inc. (Investor Relations Counsel, Suntech)
SOURCE Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.
/CONTACT: In China, Rory Macpherson, Investor Relations Director of
Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd., +86-21-6288-5574, firstname.lastname@example.org; or
In the United States, Sanjay M. Hurry, Vice President of The Piacente Group,
Inc. (Investor Relations Counsel, Suntech), +1-212-481-2050,
/Web site: http://www.UL.com/newsroom
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