Chinese solar firms violating agreement, European companies say

The Wall Street Journal

A trade war over solar panels is threatening to reignite, with European manufacturers, including SolarWorld, complaining to the European Commission that Chinese firms are violating an agreement reached last year, just as the U.S. is moving to impose new tariffs on panels from several Chinese companies, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Commerce move to impose tariffs on Chinese panels gets mixed reaction

The New York Times

SolarWorld, which had complained about Chinese panel makers finding a loophole to avoid paying duties, hailed the Commerce Department announcement about a preliminary move to impose tariffs of up to 35 percent on some companies, but Rhone Resch, chief of the Solar Energy Industries Association complained that the “damaging” tariffs would increase consumer costs, The New York Times reports.

Commerce suggesting duties on solar panels from Chinese manufacturers


In the wake of a complaint from SolarWorld about dumping from Chinese manufacturers, the Commerce Department has made a preliminary move to impose duties ranging from 18 to 35 percent on solar panels made by companies including Suntech Power and Trina Solar, Reuters reports.

Bigger carbon footprint for Chinese solar panels

Bloomberg Businessweek

The manufacturing process in China adds more carbon to the footprint of solar panels, according to researchers from Northwestern University and the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, publishing their findings in the July issue of Solar Energy, Bloomberg Businessweek reports.

Solar projects expanding to roadways

NBC News

An Idaho couple, Scott and Julie Brusaw, are working to develop solar roadways and solar pavements instead of rooftop solar panels, NBC News reports, noting that Gothenburg, Sweden is using a similar idea to power electric buses.

Solar installations increasing, with push from residential panels: Association


The 1.33 gigawatts of solar panels installed in the 1st quarter is up 79 percent from the period a year earlier, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, with panels installed on residential property up 38 percent, Bloomberg reports.

Solar power boosts home values, research finds

The Wall Street Journal

Homes fitted with solar panels can sell for a premium compared to houses that don’t have them, according to a researcher at California’s Berkeley Lab, The Wall Street Journal reports.

China warns US cyber charges could damage ties

BEIJING (AP) — China on Tuesday warned the United States was jeopardizing military ties by charging five Chinese officers with cyberspying and tried to turn the tables on Washington by calling it "the biggest attacker of China's cyberspace."

China announced it was suspending cooperation with the United States in a joint cybersecurity task force over Monday's charges that officers stole trade secrets from major American companies. The Foreign Ministry demanded Washington withdraw the indictment.

US charges Chinese officials in cyberspying case

WASHINGTON (AP) — Accusing China of vast business spying, the United States charged five military officials on Monday with hacking into U.S. companies to steal vital trade secrets in a case intensifying already-rising tensions between the international economic giants.

The Chinese targeted big-name American makers of nuclear and solar technology, stealing confidential business information, sensitive trade secrets and internal communications for competitive advantage, according to a grand jury indictment that the Justice Department said should be a national "wake-up call" about cyber intrusions.

US suit alleging Chinese spying has Solarworld thinking about damages


Solarworld could file damage claims now that the U.S. has charged that the company was the target of Chinese industrial espionage, CEO Frank Asbeck told Bloomberg.


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