Tuesday, 30 March 2010
In the past, people in Dezhou, a medium-sized city located in east China’s Shandong Province, did not bathe for weeks, as affording water heaters was not possible and visiting public bathrooms was not as convenient.
But, in the past decade, this has changed thanks to solar energy. New water heaters and solar-powered street lamps are a common view now, thanks to the technology based on clean energy. Now people no longer have to wait for weeks to take a shower; they have installed solar water heaters at their own homes. By paying just 1,000 Yuan, people living in both urban and rural areas can enjoy a relaxing, hot bath in the comfort of their homes. During the night, the bright solar powered light makes the city look even more appealing.
Dezhou has gradually gained a reputation as a solar city and its citizens hope that the renewable energy source will help boost the local economy as well. As many as 100 private solar-power enterprises are located here, accounting for 16 percent of China’s solar-powered water heating and have an annual revenue of 5 billion Yuan.