Since 14 December 2015, more than a thousand local residents protested against the settlement of a solar panel manufacturer near their residential area in Shoudou and Xiadian Community, Quanzhou City, Fujian Province. The demonstrators included the elderly and women, who gathered to block the street to protest for three days, until the Wednesday night 16 December 2015 when the police dispersed the crowd by force. Subsequently, many residents were wounded by a large number of anti-riot police and nearly twenty people were detained. The main concern to the local residents was the potential pollution and radiation from the planned solar cell plant, and residents were not consulted during the environmental impact assessment of the project. It was reflected that they sent petition letters to the government, but without any responses. Thus, the purpose of the demonstration is to render the administrative authorities to respect the public opinion and to stop the project. 
No authorities responded to the appeal from the residents. The massive protest was even not reported on the local media, news and messages on social media had also been deleted quickly after they had been posted. Invested by Apollo Precision (Fujian) Ltd, which is a subsidiary company of Apollo Solar Energy Technology Holdings Limited. (Later as Hanergy Thin Film Power Group Limited) and its parental company Hanergy Holding Group Ltd., the project is going to produce copper indium gallium selenide solar cell (CIGS solar cell).
CIGS cell is a thin-film solar cell used to convert sunlight into electric power. It is manufactured by depositing a thin layer of copper, indium, gallium and selenide on glass or plastic backing, along with electrodes on the front and back to collect current. Because the material has a high absorption coefficient and strongly absorbs sunlight, a much thinner film is required than of other semiconductor materials. CIGS is one of three mainstream thin-film PV technologies, the other two being cadmium telluride and amorphous silicon. Like these materials, CIGS layers are thin enough to be flexible, allowing them to be deposited on flexible substrates. However, as all of these technologies normally use high-temperature deposition techniques, the best performance normally comes from cells deposited on glass, even though advances in low-temperature deposition of CIGS cells have erased much of this performance difference. CIGS outperforms polysilicon at the cell level, however its module efficiency is still lower, due to a less mature upscaling.
As the starting point of the Maritime Silk Road, Quanzhou decided to expand its solar power industry through solar cell manufacturing, solar power production and utilization, etc.According to the residents from Tianyang Village, the company had been stopped by local protests in Xiamen City and then Quanzhou Taiwanese Investment Zone and the Haixi Automobile Parts City before moving to their neighboring community. Pieces of news about online complains and offline protests in the previously abandoned sites can be found from some websites, while the official explanation is that “CIGS technology is internationally leading high-tech, clean and environmental friendly technology.., instead of chemical reactions, the raw materials are physically processed, without toxic and hazardous substances or heavy metal emissions, thus will not harm the environment and health of the local residents.”However, the EIA report of this project was not able to be accessed, and local residents were afraid of the cadmium pollution, radiation, and improper handling of pollutants, random disposal, while the pollution through the whole value chain of solar panel production has been debated globally. 
The parental company, Henergy made headlines in May, 2015 when it lost nearly half of its roughly $40 billion in market value in less than 30 minutes. A Hong Kong court ruled to disqualify the CEO, Li Hejun from being a director or being involved with the management of any Hong Kong listed or unlisted company for eight years as they found him incompetent and negligent in his duties as chairman of Hong Kong-listed Hanergy Thin Film.After paying down 1.5 bln yuan of overdue funds by Parent Hanergy Holding, the solar panel maker being investigated by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) of Hong Kong exchange seeks trading resumption in 2018.The project which was protested in different places several years ago is in operation, but no detailed information can be accessed.