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Solar battle pits Chinese efficiency against US innovation Shanghai - Oct 17 - San Jose Mercury News The recent high-profile implosion of Fremont, Calif.-based solar manufacturer Solyndra can be traced to sprawling cities in China, where low-cost manufacturers have come to dominate the global industry by pushing down the price of solar panels to a point where most U.S. companies can't compete. China now claims three-fifths of the world's solar panel production capacity. Chinese solar panel manufacturers such as JA Solar, now the world's largest, say companies from Silicon Valley and elsewhere blundered by betting on new technologies instead of focusing on making panels cheaper to produce. "It's not a pure technology business," said JA Solar CEO Peng Fang, whose workforce grew from 4,000 to 12,000 last year. "If you invest in it as technology first and (cost reduction) seco...

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