Solar Panel Manufacturing

Chinese Solar Manufacturer Supplies a Growing Domestic Market

The second big round of SolarWorld’s controversial trade cases ended in the usual fashion on Wednesday, with the U.S. International Trade Commission handing the Oregon-based unit of the German company a final victory that expands duties on Chinese solar manufacturers and penalizes Taiwanese companies that underpriced their solar products in the United States. The ITC… Keep reading →

Aleo Produces Solar Panels

Elon Musk’s decision last week to invite other car manufacturers to use Tesla Motors’ technology was bold. But the Tesla CEO, putting on his SolarCity chairman’s hat and working with company leadership partners Lyndon and Peter Rive, might have surpassed that move on Tuesday. The trio announced that SolarCity – heretofore a solar power financier/installer… Keep reading →

China Develops New Energy Industries

Trade sanctions on Chinese solar panels – established two years ago and broadened last week in a preliminary decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce – are a matter of fierce debate in the solar community. But given the results of a new study on the energy use efficiency and carbon footprint of Chinese solar,… Keep reading →

Aleo Produces Solar Panels

Many assume that it’s cheap labor that gives Chinese companies an edge at producing solar panels that cost less than those that come out of Europe or the United States. But a new study says uh-uh. Researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and MIT said a bottom-up cost model they developed shows that a plant… Keep reading →