Jifan Gao, chairman and CEO of Trina Solar Ltd., has been elected as the first president of the newly established China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA) during its inaugural meeting in Beijing.
CPIA is the first accredited national solar industry association in China. It currently consists of 149 member companies, including major Chinese PV manufacturers such as Yingli, Canadian Solar, Jinko Solar, GCL and JA Solar. It also has a number of downstream project developers among its members, including Huanghe Hydropower Co. Ltd., GD Solar Co. Ltd. and TBEA Sunoasis Co. Ltd.Â
CPIA says it aims to promote the establishment of a fair global trade environment for Chinese PV enterprises and to strengthen communications with solar companies on an international basis. The organization cooperates with the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products and seeks relationships with other industry organizations, including the European Photovoltaic Industry Association and the U.S.-based Solar Energy Industry Association.
‘With China emerging as one of the major players driving the growth of the global PV industry, it has become home to leading PV enterprises dedicated to a shared goal of providing high-quality PV products and solutions to customers around the world,’ Gao says. ‘Through the founding of CPIA as the largest nonprofit PV association in China committed to the principles of free and fair trade, we will unify PV enterprises across China to achieve a common goal of bringing affordable solar energy to the world.’