Symbolic though it may be, it cannot go unnoticed that China's richest man, according to the Forbes Magazine's 2006 annual list of billionaires, is the CEO of solar cell producer, SunTech Power Holdings. Even though virtually all of the company's product is exported, (coal provides most of China's energy) it's clear that the role renewable energy plays in China's future will continue to increase.

"If China is able to scale up its renewable energy technologies to the levels needed to have an impact domestically, and if it is able to achieve the low prices needed to succeed in the local market (known in manufacturing circles as the "China price"), it may be virtually inevitable that these same technologies will soon be adopted on a massive scale around the globe." --Christopher Flavin, President,Worldwatch Institute