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2008 'Entrepreneur of the Year' awards (11)
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13:53, November 24, 2008

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Huang Ming, chairman of Himin Solar Energy Group

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Huang Ming started Himin Solar in 1996, driven by a dream of ensuring blue skies for future generations. The privately-owned company is among the world''''s biggest supplier of solar water heaters. China's solar water heater market is the biggest in the world, in part due to Himin Solar''''s efforts promoting the use of renewable energy to power sustainable growth.

Huang's vision is for solar heaters, which make up 20 percent of the heater market in China, to completely replace electric and gas water heaters in the next 10 years.

Huang' s company holds some 300 patents while he actively promotes sustainable development policies, including helping passage of China''''s first Renewable Energy Bill, which became law in 2005.

Huang is also developing an ambitious "Solar Valley", which he envisions to be a Silicon Valley-like project in Shandong province, by creating a hub for the entire renewable energy industry in China. Solar Valley will play host to the 2010 International Solar Cities Congress.

Q: What does entrepreneurship mean to you?

A: It means devotion to the undertaking and responsibility to consumers, shareholders and employees, and all other people supporting him, including his parents and motherland, which are indispensable to his success.

Q: What is your most valuable experience in the course of business?

A: To understand and trust others, all those who work for you, cooperate with you, or even compete with you.

Q: What events in the process of Himin's growth to success made you the proudest?

A: My biggest pride lies in introducing to the world the Chinese successes and achievements we have made in the solar energy and renewable energy sectors.

Q: Himin endured a hard time at its early stage. Can you share insight into the process of developing your business?

A: Very interestingly, among the thousands of pioneer entrepreneurs in our industry, I had the least desire to make a profit, but have now made the most money. Instead of aiming to create an enterprise, I simply wanted to shift from petroleum research to solar energy research. It is totally accidental that I made my first fortune. Later, to sustain my research and business, I had to turn to customers. Only then did the products begin to improve and the operation of the enterprise become normal.

Q: What advice can you give to the would-be entrepreneurs?

A: Look for your favorite profession and field. Success or failure - as long as you have tried - you won''''t regret it.

Q: In China, young people or young entrepreneurs are concerned more about salaries or money. What do you think of this phenomenon?

A: As the ancient saying goes, "haste makes waste". Any success demands patience and accumulation. The difficulties and loneliness in the early stage may bring you great success in the future.

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