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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To kill a promising new industry, just subsidise it

    Posted May 10th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland When it comes to the mainland's massive solar panel assistance, everyone loses, including the domestic producers facing debt defaults To kill a promising new industry, just subsidise it Three years ago, bosses at US company First Solar boasted that their thin film photovoltaic panel factory near Frankfurt am Oder in Germany was the world's most ...

  2. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Negotiation is the best solution to solar panel dispute

    Posted Jun 08th 2013, 12:00am

    ... of punitive European tariffs on Chinese solar panels said to be illegally subsidised, the investigation is seen as retaliation. French wines account for about US$710 million of the estimated US$1 billion worth of European wine sold in China last year. France is a tactical target for other reasons. It is the major hold-out against a growing European revolt against the solar-panel tariffs ...

  3. Comment - Blogs

    Beijing finally tackles excessive solar support

    Posted Oct 09th 2014, 02:36pm by Doug Young

    ... for makers of solar panels and wind generation equipment. One of the biggest forms of support comes via artificially high state-set prices for renewable energy, which force big power companies to buy ... yuan. Equally interesting is a more general quote from the official saying the solar panel and wind equipment makers should improve the efficiency of their products "instead of depending ...

  4. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, June 11, 2013

    Posted Jun 11th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... that China has finally refused to be bullied by the European Commission ("EU slaps tough tariff on Chinese solar panels", June 5). The commission's latest decision to impose tariffs on solar panels is mind-boggling. A vast majority of the EU member states are opposed to these tariffs. Nevertheless, Karel De Gucht, the EU trade commissioner, went ahead and levied them. While Mr ...

  5. Comment - Insight & Opinion - LEADER

    China's solar energy industry may see phoenix-like rise

    Posted Mar 28th 2013, 12:00am by STAFF

    ... The latest is solar energy. The bankruptcy declaration this month by Suntech Power, once the world's largest solar-panel producer by sales, has sent shock waves across the industry. ... such as Europe's Q-Cells into bankruptcy. But its rapid expansion resulted in overcapacity. During the global financial crisis, worldwide demand for solar panels collapsed. Suntech was especially ...

  6. Comment - Letters

    Letters to the Editor, January 26, 2013

    Posted Jan 26th 2013, 12:00am by LETTERS

    ... on such an easily avoided source of noise pollution. Patrick Wood, Quarry Bay   Solar panels, not sunroofs, to clear the air The citizens of Hong Kong are becoming increasingly frustrated and angry about ... of such polluters and mandate that all vehicles be fitted with solar panels to take advantage of Hong Kong's ample sunlight. Enough power could be generated by the panels to provide lighting ...

  7. Business - Companies

    Canadian Solar, Chaori cast cloud over solar shares

    Posted Mar 06th 2014, 10:35am by Doug Young

    ... Doug Young Shares of major solar panel makers set for a correction this year after a 2013 rally and as their growth slows, while smaller players likely to face a growing cash crunch After a massive rally over the last year, shares of solar panel makers could be set for a few months of winter following a disappointing earnings announcement from superstar Canadian Solar (Nasdaq: CSIQ) ...

  8. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong's buildings should be generating electricity, not using it

    Posted Sep 22nd 2014, 04:17am by Ian Brownlee

    ... water-heating panels are on the roofs of many buildings in mainland China and Taiwan- multi-storey residential buildings similar to ours. Many also have solar panels which generate electricity. ... buildings, which now dominate Hong Kong. If a building was clad in a combination of solar panels and energy-generating windows, it would become a producer of electricity, rather than just a user, ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Take heat out of solar panel row

    Posted Sep 17th 2012, 12:00am by SCMP Editorial

    ... SCMP Editorial Take heat out of solar panel row While nations continue to argue over measures to combat global warming, solar panels remain a standout success in reducing greenhouse gas ... that deliver clean, renewable energy. Like carbon trading, the solar panel industry has become internationalised, and perverted for competitive advantage. This has led to massive expansion, ...

  10. Business - Companies

    Solar: LDK cuts, First Solar in China

    Posted Dec 04th 2012, 10:42am by Doug Young

    ... Doug Young LDK's move toward a state-led takeover continues with its latest poor results, while foreign solar panel makers are likely to benefit from China's plans to build up its solar power sector. There're quite a few news bits coming from the solar sector today, with more downbeat news from struggling LDK Solar (NYSE: LDK) even as two western panel makers ...




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