SAN FRANCISCO, April 14 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) one of the world's leading manufacturers of photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, today announced it was named Frost & Sullivan's 2008 Solar Energy Development Company of the Year. In granting the award to Suntech, which recognizes a company for unparalleled excellence in design and delivery of high-quality PV cells and modules and customization of energy solutions catering to a global client base, Frost & Sullivan cited Suntech's outstanding focus on R&D and wide spectrum of top-class, energy efficient solutions and products that are sustainable, customizable and of the highest caliber. Suntech will accept the award in a ceremony on April 15th in San Antonio, Texas."We are honored to receive such a designation, as it serves to further validate our commitment to provide the most innovative, highest quality solar energy products to customers around the world," said Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We are passionate about working with our customers in anticipating tomorrow's energy needs today. Only through continued innovation can we achieve this goal and truly fortify our position as a global leader in solar energy."While PV cells and modules ranging from 170 watts to 280 watts are the mainstay of Suntech, Frost & Sullivan highlighted the Company's strong capabilities in building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) systems as particularly noteworthy and innovative, strengthened by its acquisition of Japanese BIPV specialist MSK in 2006. The MSK Solar Design Line, Suntech's in-house developed, proprietary line of BIPV, has proven to be cost-effective and versatile with a high aesthetic finish.According to Frost & Sullivan, Suntech has exhibited impressive strides toward recognition in China, South Korea, Japan, France, Greece, and Italy, in addition to ranking among the top three suppliers in the three largest solar markets of Germany, Spain and the United States. With expanding production bases in Wuxi and Shanghai and plans to reach 1GW of PV cell production capacity by the end of 2008, Suntech is set to leverage the ever-increasing demand for clean, reusable and affordable solar power across the globe. In order to better serve its global customer base, Suntech has recently established local sales and service centers in Germany, Spain and South Korea and plans to continue to expand its international network by launching offices in Italy, Greece and Australia over the next 12 months.About Frost & SullivanFrost & Sullivan, the Global Growth Consulting Company, partners with clients to accelerate their growth. The company's Growth Partnership Services, Growth Consulting and Career Best Practices empower clients to create a growth-focused culture that generates, evaluates and implements effective growth strategies. Frost & Sullivan employs over 45 years of experience in partnering with Global 1000 companies, emerging businesses and the investment community from more than 30 offices on six continents. For more information about Frost & Sullivan's Growth Partnerships, visit http://www.frost.com .