Huang Ming, an entrepreneur and engineer, nicknamed ‘The Solar King’, is responsible for the development of China’s Solar Valley in the city of Dezhou, the world’s largest urban renewable energy zone. Encompassing over 3 million square meters and valued at $9 billion, Solar Valley has multiple renewable energy manufacturing and R&D centers, the world’s first all-solar-powered hotel, and Sun-Moon Mansion, the globe’s largest all-solar-powered building.
His water heater manufacturing company Himin Solar was central in the development of the Solar Valley, and boasts an annual production capacity of 3 million water heaters, 20 million evacuated tubes, and 500 MW of photovoltaic products.
Ming has also served as a deputee to the 10th and the 11th National People’s Congress (2003 – 2013). He drafted the Law on Renewable Energy and united other representatives in support of it. As a politician he has played a central role in developing renewable energy in China, including the passing of the Renewable Energy Act in 2005.
According to Hurun Report’s China Rich List 2013, he has an estimated fortune of $330 million USD, and was ranked 945th richest person in China.