23 May '12, 12pm

Tariffs on Chinese Solar Are Bad for Us All: Filed under: Energy News

Gavin, I agree with many of your points, but to not acknowledge that there have been illegal subsidies doled out to Chinese module manufacturers is to ignore the truth. One merely need look at a company like LDK Solar for an example. If they were a US-based company, they would not have access to the credit markets - frankly, they would be bankrupt. Instead, they remain one of the largest global solar wafer/module companies. While one might (and you do) argue that the net benefit of this is positive (from an enviro/economic standpoint), I can't say that this is as clear cut as you would make it out to be. First, the price drop spurred on by the artificially cheap money lavished on the solar companies put a lot of interesting start-up technology companies out of business. Had many of them been able to raise the money to pursue the various compound semiconductor technologies ...

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