There is currently a trade complaint against China, which alleges illegal practices in selling solar products, particularly “dumping” products to the US and Europe markets, at “unfair prices.”
Many solar manufacturers (designers and engineers) in the US and European believe that their strives in solar products are based on quality innovations for better solar products, China’s goal is simply to dominate the world market.
Each day we receive at least 20 emails from Chinese companies (many in Chinese characters) asking us to sell their products. While we strictly work within the US payments system and with US distributors and manufacturers, we sometimes look at items.
Our opinion: the quality generally does not appear to be the same as what produced by US and European engineers and many products often use dated technology.
This article, published by RenewableEnergyWorld.com, the second of two on the topic to-date, discusses how tariffs will impact solar innovation and the worldwide markets in the future. It offers two very different viewpoints about the impact of tariffs, the possible disruption to world-wide supplies of solar products, and is China setting up ways to channel product via South Korea and Taiwan to avoid the tariffs.
Along with the cost and quality of solar products, a key issue related to China’s business practices include the impact to US and European jobs. In 2010, the US saw a tremendous amount of jobs created, particularly for solar panels for residential and commercial purposes. Here’s what RenewableEnergyWorld.com says…
“SunEdison founder Jigar Shah and SolarWorld executive Ben Santarris are each looking in the rear-view mirror even as they attempt to navigate the road ahead. Behind them, they see those who laid the groundwork for the solar industry. They see the tremendous strides that have been…While the past month has often been about finger-pointing, we set out to ask key members in the industry for their thoughts on how we got to where we are and where we go from here.” (Read full article…)