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Suntech Solar Modules Shine in Desert Simulation Test

            Suntech Solar Modules Shine in Desert Simulation Test

First China-based Solar Company to Pass Blowing Sand Test

PR Newswire

WUXI, China, Dec. 18, 2012

WUXI, China, Dec. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.
(NYSE: STP), one of the world's largest producers of solar panels, today
announced that its solar modules have passed the Blowing Sand Test based on
DIN EN 60068-2-68 LC2 by SGS, the world's leading inspection, verification,
testing and certification company. The SGS test result confirms that Suntech's
solar modules are suitable for solar installations in desert regions.

"As solar energy proliferates around the world, it is critical to develop
solar modules that can perform optimally in different terrains and
environments. For our customers, passing the Blowing Sand Test confirms that
Suntech's solar modules are well-suited for desert regions and can withstand
high-velocity sand and windy conditions," said Dr. Stuart Wenham, Suntech's
Chief Technology Officer. "Quality assurance is an integral part of Suntech's
value proposition, and we pride ourselves on rigorous testing procedures to
ensure that our customers have a product that can operate for 25 years
anywhere on the globe."

Dr. Daniel Deng, Technical Manager for SGS said, "SGS follows an internally
developed test procedure and can customize specifications like sand
homogeneity, sand concentration, sand shape and wind speed according to single
selected deserts. We were extremely impressed with the quality of Suntech's
solar modules and their ability to withstand the Blowing Sand Test that
replicates the conditions of a heavy desert sandstorm. Endurance testing is
critical in order to understand the reliability and longevity of solar panels
in real world conditions."

To determine the effects on solar panels of dust and sand suspended in air,
SGS's Desert Dust Test simulates the erosion effects of high-velocity sand
particles within dust chambers. Pulses of compressed air are blown through a
manifold located in the bottom of a collection trough, forcing dust up and
over the solar module. Suntech solar modules passed the maximum power
determination, the insulation test and the wet leakage current test.

State-of-the-art manufacturing and quality testing lies at the core of
Suntech's business, which enables it to deliver high-quality solar products to
customers at an affordable price. Suntech's quality control program features
52 tests and checks throughout the cell and module manufacturing process. Once
fully assembled, all Suntech modules undergo a final performance test and are
categorized based on power and current production. In addition, Suntech solar
panels undergo the Combined Cycle Testing at its advanced testing laboratories
that simulate long-term environmental stress conditions. Suntech's rigorous
review process ensures that it delivers only the highest quality products to
our customers.

To learn more about Suntech's commitment in quality control, please visit the
Suntech Connect blog, like us on Facebook, or follow us Twitter
@Suntech_Connect for regular updates.

About SGS

SGS is the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification
company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity.
With more than 70,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,350 offices
and laboratories around the world.

About Suntech

Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. (NYSE: STP) produces solar products for use
for residential, industrial and utility purposes. With regional headquarters
in China, Switzerland and the United States, and gigawatt-scale manufacturing
worldwide, Suntech has delivered more than 25,000,000 photovoltaic panels to
over a thousand customers in more than 80 countries. Suntech's pioneering R&D
creates customer-centric innovations that are driving solar to grid parity
against fossil fuels. Suntech's mission is to provide everyone with reliable
access to nature's cleanest and most abundant energy source.

For more information on Suntech's people and products, please visit
www.suntech-power.com

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements. These statements
constitute "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 27A of
the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities
Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and as defined in the U.S. Private
Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can
be identified by terminology such as "plans to", "expects to," "anticipates,"
"future," "intends to," "optimistic," "plans," "believes," "considers" and
similar statements and includes Suntech solar modules well-suited for desert
regions with sand and high winds. Such statements involve certain risks and
uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
in the forward-looking statements. Further information regarding these and
other risks is included in Suntech's filings with the U.S. Securities and
Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 20-F. Suntech does
not undertake any obligation to update any forward- looking statement as a
result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required
under applicable law.

Media inquiries, please contact:

Shashin Surti
Weber Shandwick for Suntech
Tel: +86 21 2411 0046
Email: Suntech@webershandwick.com

SOURCE Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd.

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