29 Aug '11, 8pm

Solar stunner: U.S. exports almost $2 billion of solar products

Solar stunner: U.S. exports almost $2 billion of solar products

Cross-posted from Climate Progress . With all the stories about China dominating the solar photovoltaics (PV) manufacturing sector, you might not think that America is a net exporter of solar products. But it is -- to the tune of $1.8 billion. That's a $1 billion increase over net exports documented in the solar sector last year. In fact, a report released this morning from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) found that the U.S. has a $247 million trade surplus with China. U.S. imports in 2010 were estimated at $1.4 billion, while exports were estimated to be between $1.7 billion [and] $2.0 billion based on the availability of data for capital equipment sales. This made the U.S. a net exporter of solar goods to China by $247 million to $539 million. Imports came predominantly from modules ($1.2 billion), while exports were driven by capital equi...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/solar-power/2011-08-29-solar-stunner...

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