U.S. Probe Targets China’s Solar Trade Practices

A picture shows solar panels installed on the roof of a building in Lille on September 9, 2013.
National Journal
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Ben Geman
Jan. 24, 2014, 12:51 a.m.

The U.S. has launched a fresh in­vest­ig­a­tion in­to China’s sol­ar trade prac­tices, Re­u­ters re­ports.

The two na­tions have been joust­ing over trade in green-en­ergy equip­ment in re­cent years.

The latest Com­merce De­part­ment probe and in­quir­ies by the U.S. In­ter­na­tion­al Trade Com­mis­sion could lead to ex­pan­ded du­ties on some im­por­ted sol­ar pan­els, ac­cord­ing to Re­u­ters.

Mean­while Quartz, a sis­ter pub­lic­a­tion of Na­tion­al Journ­al, re­ports on the growth of sol­ar in­stall­a­tions in­side China.

“Chinese firms, sup­por­ted by sub­sidies and power tar­iffs that are part of the gov­ern­ment’s re­new­able en­ergy cam­paign, are criss-cross­ing China and build­ing massive sol­ar gen­er­at­ing pro­jects, like a 1,000 MW sol­ar plant in the re­mote Xinji­ang Re­gion,” Quartz notes.

The Hou­s­ton Chron­icle looks at a new re­port on em­ploy­ment in re­new­able-en­ergy in­dus­tries world­wide. China and Brazil lead the way, fol­lowed by the United States.

Roughly 5.7 mil­lion people world­wide worked in the re­new­able-en­ergy sec­tor or re­lated jobs in 2012, the In­ter­na­tion­al Re­new­able En­ergy Agency es­tim­ates. Nearly a third of those jobs are based in China, the story notes.