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Shaanxi, Shizuishan, Qinghai and Panzhihua

The San Francisco-based solar module manufacturer said it has contracted with four local governments in China to develop several projects totaling 1.8 gigawatts.

Suntech, which has completed several solar projects in China, will work with the governments of Shaanxi, Shizuishan, Qinghai and Panzhihua.

Shares of Suntech rose 57 cents, or nearly 4 percent, to close at $14.92 Monday.

SAN FRANCISCO - Suntech Power Holdings Co. said Monday it has reached an agreement to develop several solar projects in China.

The San Francisco-based solar module manufacturer said it has contracted with four local governments in China to develop several projects totaling 1.8 gigawatts.

Suntech, which has completed several solar projects in China, will work with the governments of Shaanxi, Shizuishan, Qinghai and Panzhihua.

Shares of Suntech rose 57 cents, or nearly 4 percent, to close at $14.92 Monday.

BATON ROUGE, La. - A leader of clarsen the effort to recall a New Orleans congressman who voted against President barack Obama's stimulus package says the petition drive has been hampered by publicity about a state attorney general's opinion, which says members of Congress cannot be recalled. The Rev. Toris Young has brushed aside that opinion, declaring that isn't the definitive word on efforts to remove Cao from office. After the opinion was issued, he filed a lawsuit in state civil district court in New Orleans. He hopes a judge will force state officials to act on his group's recall petition if they gather enough signatures. But Young said Thursday that media coverage of attorney general's opinion has made potential donors reluctant to contribute money to pay for the recall effort. "We're doing well with signatures," he said. "But we have to take it to other levels." He said the recall drive needs paid help to supplement about 30 volunteers who are gathering signatures and working to make sure those who sign are qualified. To force a recall election, verifiable signatures must be gathered from a third of the active voters in a district within 180 days. In Cao's 2nd District, Young's group would need more than more than 101,000 signatures by the time the 180-day period ends in August. Young said that the last time he checked, about three weeks ago, the petition had about 50,000 signatures. Young said he will seek in court to get more time to gather signatures by, in effect, restarting the 180-day clock. Cao, a Vietnamese-born attorney who fled the war-torn country as a child, represents the mostly black, mostly Democratic 2nd Congressional District of New Orleans. In a December election, he upset the once-powerful 18-year incumbent William Jefferson, a Democrat who was the state's first African-American congressman since Reconstruction. Jefferson had been weakened by a federal indictment. He now is on trial in Virginia, accused of soliciting bribes, racketeering and money laundering. The recall group launched their effort weeks after Cao took office, saying they were upset when Cao joined fellow Republicans in voting against Obama's economic stimulus package. Young accused Cao and other state Republicans of hypocrisy for continuing to seek hurricane recovery aid for Louisiana while siding with their party in voting against a measure that would mean more money for the state. Cao said he opposed the stimulus because it was so costly and because projections showed it would create fewer jobs in his district than any other congressional district. Secretary of State Jay Dardenne sought an opinion from Attorney General Buddy Caldwell's office on whether a congressman can be recalled. That opinion, citing the U.S. Constitution, federal court precedent and state law, said recalls are limited to state officials, not members of Congress. It noted that no member of Congress has ever been recalled. Young believes Caldwell's office is wrong and vows to take the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court if necessary.

The San Francisco-based solar module manufacturer said it has contracted with four local governments in China to develop several projects totaling 1.8 gigawatts.

Suntech, which has completed several solar projects in China, will work with the governments of Shaanxi, Shizuishan, Qinghai and Panzhihua.

Shares of Suntech rose 57 cents, or nearly 4 percent, to close at $14.92 Monday.

SAN FRANCISCO - Suntech Power Holdings Co. said Monday it has reached an agreement to develop several solar projects in China.

The San Francisco-based solar module manufacturer said it has contracted with four local governments in China to develop several projects totaling 1.8 gigawatts.

Suntech, which has completed several solar projects in China, will work with the governments of Shaanxi, Shizuishan, Qinghai and Panzhihua.

Shares of Suntech rose 57 cents, or nearly 4 percent, to close at $14.92 Monday.

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