Solar technology company, LONGi, at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2024 in Davos recently concluded a partnership agreement with Shenzhen Power Solution, an off-grid solar home system manufacturer, for the provision of tailor-made solar products that can help increase energy access to off-grid communities in Africa.
With an estimated 780 million people, about 10% of world’s population living in off-grid regions, mostly in the Sub-Saharan Desert areas, LONGi’s Vice President Dennis She and Li Xia, Chief Executive Officer of Shenzhen Power Solution, highlighted the importance of affordable solar power solutions for poverty alleviation in those regions.
Dennis She said technological innovations in the solar power industry have offered solutions for global energy transition. “As a pioneer for innovation on renewable energy. LONGi has been committed to reducing costs and improving efficiency for solar power, which is not only beneficial to countries seeking energy transition, but also important to the underdeveloped regions to have access to green power.”
“Affordable and Clean Energy (SDG7) is key to achieve all United Nations Sustainable Development Goals for a more sustainable future. The decrease of solar power costs is the very foundation for energy equity at the global scale, especially to the underdeveloped regions,” added She.
Li Xia, Chief Executive Officer of Shenzhen Power Solution, also commented saying; “Joining hands with LONGi will allow Power Solution to offer more innovative solutions in the future for African countries”, added Li Xia.
Li Xia received the 2024 Schwab Foundation Social Innovation Awards–Social Entrepreneurs in Davos. Li Xia was the only recipient from China this year and is the first Chinese woman to be honored for this award.
In December, 2023, LONGi’s Jiaxing Production Base in China’s East Zhejiang Province was recognized by the World Economic Forum (WEF) as a Global Lighthouse Factory. This recognition was the world’s first solar module manufacturing base joining WEF’s Global Lighthouse Network (GLN). LONGi’s Jiaxing Factory was one of the 21 new Global Lighthouse Factories recognized in 2023.
The World Economic Forum recognized LONGi for the innovative adaptation of intelligent technologies to promote intelligent solar products manufacturing. The World Economic Forum said that “many of LONGi’s technological innovations are industry-first, and independently patented technologies, and could reduce unit manufacturing costs by 28% within one year, unit energy consumption by 20%.”