(EnergyAsia, June 24, Wednesday) — French group Strategeco Solar Eneovia will organise the ‘Solar Energy Fair’ in Chengdu city, the capital of China’s Sichuan province, from September 4 to 6 and the ‘New Energy International Forum’ on September 4 and 5.

The French company said it was commissioned by the government of Chengdu municipality to undertake the project.

As part of China’s 11th five-year plan (2007–2011) and its economic stimulus plan announced in the first quarter of 2009, the central government will be investing $400 billion to develop renewable energy sources, mainly photovoltaic and solar thermal, over the next 10 years.

The Chinese government will focus on developing energy infrastructure in Sichuan province, which contains nearly 70% of the country’s silicon deposits.

The main sponsors for the event include the Chinese Association of Renewable Energies, the UN Development Program, the Japan Photovoltaic Energy Association, the German Development Office and major manufacturers.

The event will provide companies with opportunities to foster partnerships with industry leaders and gain a position in the Chinese market.

The event is expected to attract over 10,000 visitors from 20 countries including professionals from the photovoltaic and solar thermal sector as well as a large number of keen investors.