Jifan Gao, chief executive of PV manufacturer Trina Solar, has been elected the first president of the China Photovoltaic Industry Association (CPIA).
The newly formed body, which holds its inaugural ceremony in Beijing today, has appointed him for a five-year term.
The formation of the CPIA comes at a crucial time for China, whose solar industry is fighting international trade disputes on multiple fronts. The US, EU and Australia are among the recent major markets to instigate investigations into allegations of dumping and subsidy of Chinese PV equipment.
Underlining this, Gao said: “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.
“Through the founding of CPIA as the largest non-profit 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.”
The CPIA said it would work with bodies such as the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products (CCCME) to establish “positive cooperation” with other industry organisations.
It said it would lead the development and implementation of Chinese PV industry standards and technological innovations, as well as play an advocacy role with policymakers to support adoption of solar in China.
The CPIA said it had 149 members, among them China’s leading players, including Yingli, Canadian Solar, Jinko Solar and EPC firm TBEA Sunoasis.