Thursday, November 10, 2011

Quote of the Day: China Owns the Solar Industry

"Whatever action the American government might take, it could prove too late to save the American solar panel industry. China, whose government has been a big promoter of green-energy companies, already accounts for three-fifths of the world’s solar panel production, giving it enormous economies of scale.

"And it exports 95 percent of its production, much of it to the United States, rather than using it within China. That has helped push wholesale solar panel prices down sharply — to $1 to $1.20 a watt of capacity today, from $1.80 in January, from $3.30 in 2008."

--From a New York Times story today, outlining China's emergence as a kingpin in green energy, especially solar panels, which receive heavy government subsidies.

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