LOS ANGELES, July 17 (Xinhua) -- The City of Los Angeles and China's
Jiangsu Province signed here on Friday a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on
solar energy cooperation, the first of its kind between the United States and
Under the MOU, Los Angeles municipal government and Jiangsu provincial
government agreed to help strengthen bilateral cooperation in the solar energy
sector, including expertise exchange, respective market access and dialogue on
Fei Shaoyun, deputy director general of the Department of Foreign Trade and Economic
Cooperation of Jiangsu Provincial Government, and David Freeman, deputy mayor
of Los Angeles, signed the agreement on behalf of their respective
governments, which have both laid out aggressive renewable energy development
strategies and supporting policies.
The Los Angeles-Jiangsu MOU was signed days after U.S. Energy Secretary
Stephen Chu visited China on a mission to boost bilateral cooperation on clean
energy between the two countries.
Los Angeles is the first U.S. city that has an ambitious clean energy plan,
under which the city is expected to have 40 percent of its electricity from
renewable sources in more than 10 years, with 1,280 megawatts supplied by solar
energy, according to Freeman.
Meanwhile, Jiangsu Province has become a world-renowned solar energy
production and innovation base, with more than 500 solar energy equipment
manufacturers, and its annual solar energy product exports are at more than 6.5
billion U.S. dollars, said officials from Jiangsu.
The province is also the first in China to introduce a clean energy
stimulus plan, encouraging the use of solar energy, they noted.
With the objective of expanding cooperation between
photovoltaic companies in Jiangsu and their U.S. counterparts, a one-day
conference titled "U.S.-Jiangsu China Solar Business Summit 2009" was held
Friday in Los Angeles, gathering more than 200 government officials, businessmen
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