SAN FRANCISCO and WUXI, China, Nov. 13 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP), one of the world's leading manufacturers of photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules, today announced that Dr. Zhengrong Shi, Suntech's Chairman and CEO, has been honored as one of three Climate Heroes by the Asia Society in recognition of his contribution to green innovation and sustainable development in Asia and the United States. The award was presented to Dr. Shi at a dinner in New York on November 11."Dr. Shi has played a leadership role in driving global solutions to climate change through the development of one of the world's largest solar companies," said Dr. Vishakha N. Desai, President and CEO of Asia Society. "His efforts to drive innovation and promote greater adoption of solar energy technologies will continue to have a significant impact on energy production and we are very pleased to honor his ground-breaking achievements."The Asia Society is a leading global organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States. The Green Annual Dinner was held to honor successful leaders and companies who have had a substantial, positive impact on the peoples of both Asia and the United States through "green" innovation and responsibility. Mr. Alain Belda, Director and Chairman of the Board of Alcoa, and Dr. R. K. Pachauri, Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), were also honored as Climate Heroes at the Asia Society's Green Annual Dinner."It is a great honor to be recognized by the Asia Society. The recognition of the need to address issues such as climate change and sustainable development in Asia and the United States is critical to building a sustainable future for following generations," said Dr. Shi. "It is encouraging to see growing support among government, NGOs and businesses for green initiatives and it is a trend that Suntech will work to accelerate. I have no doubt that solar will become an important part of the global energy mix and help to minimize climate change."