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Chinese entrepreneur receives 2011 Right Livelihood Award

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STOCKHOLM, Dec. 5 (Xinhua) -- Chinese solar-power entrepreneur Huang Ming Monday received the 2011 Right Livelihood Award, also known as Alternative Nobel Prize in the Parliament of Sweden.

"Huang Ming is a global solar entrepreneur showing how business can help overcome the energy and climate crisis. His aim is to speed up the transition from fossil and nuclear energy to renewable in China and abroad," said Jacob von Uexkull, Founder of the Right Livelihood Award at the awarding ceremony.

The first Chinese citizen to receive the prize, Huang founded his company Himin Solar in 1995 and has been a pioneer in the field of solar energy.

"In the past ten years, China has become the biggest producer and market of solar energy products, around 250 million Chinese begin to use solar energy, forty percent of them are farmers," Huang said at the ceremony.

"Altogether, we have saved around 300 million tons of coal and decreased 400 million tons of emission," he added.

According to the Award jury, the Solar Valley in Dezhou, east China, which Huang set up, is a global example for solar as a realistic alternative to fossil and nuclear energy.

"The award shows the world's confidence in China and the Chinese people. It is just the beginning for us to build a sustainable world, the whole world has realized that the future relies on ourselves," said Huang at a press conference earlier Monday.

"This year, we are further elaborating on the concept of micro emissions. It is an entire set of solutions for a plan to obtain micro emissions, integrating all mature technologies available in clean energy," said Huang.

Founded in 1980, the Right Livelihood Awards are presented annually to honor and support those offering practical and exemplary answers to the most urgent challenges facing us today.

The three other laureates this year are Jacqueline Moudeina from Chad, international organization GRAIN and Ina May Gaskin from the United States.

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