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  1. Business - Commodities - SOLAR ENERGY

    Rooftop solar projects in China hindered by cautious bank lending

    Posted May 20th 2014, 11:56am by Eric Ng

    ... The installation volume of rooftop solar panels on the mainland has fallen well short of expectations this year owing to the cautious attitude of banks in lending to the nascent sector, a government researcher says. This means the industry will have difficulty reaching Beijing's goal of 14 gigawatts (GW) of solar panel installations this year, Wang Jin, director of the National Development ...

  2. Two ministries clash over solar panel industry

    Posted Nov 18th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Stephen Chen An internal investigation by the Ministry of Science and Technology has found that production capacity in the solar panel industry was grossly overstated and the government ... in the production of solar panels, only 10 actually produced it. And while annual capacity was stated as 230,000 tonnes, this year only 15,000 tonnes would be produced. The findings contrast sharply ...

  3. Business - China Business - ENERGY

    China's solar sector bounces back

    Posted Mar 10th 2014, 05:59am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng in Beijing eric.mpng@scmp.com Industry consolidation and soaring demand have helped mainland panel makers to return to profitability after a painful slump China's solar sector bounces back Mainland solar panel and parts makers are seeing a resurgence in profitability after a round of industry consolidation weeded out high-cost players, while soaring domestic demand ...

  4. News - China - TRADE

    Hollande urges co-operation between Beijing, EU

    Posted Jun 09th 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... to an escalating trade dispute that began with solar panels but has since spread to European wines and cars. Speaking at a conference with Japanese business representatives in Tokyo, Hollande said ... to one country over another." Beijing has launched an anti-dumping inquiry into European wine sales, seen as a retaliatory move after the EU moved to impose duties on Chinese solar panels ...

  5. Lifestyle - Technology - AVIATION

    Pilots aim for first solar-powered aircraft circumnavigation of globe

    Posted Jun 20th 2014, 12:22pm by Jamie Carter

    ... a huge solar panel. Its enormous 72-metre wings- longer even than those of a Boeing 747- harvest energy from the sun using an incredible 17,000 solar cells. They provide four 17.5 CV electric ... of Solar Impulse 2 is sure to make us all think twice about just how much energy it takes to fly. Scheduled to traverse the globe over a period of about 20 days next year, the adventure by two ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion - TALKING POINTS

    Talking points

    Posted May 15th 2013, 12:00am

    ... as Thay, Vietnamese for teacher.   EU officials debate tax on Chinese solar panels European trade officials discuss plans to impose punitive taxes on solar panels from China in what has been ...

  7. Solar panel industry savours success but growth relies on government policy

    Posted Nov 12th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Cameron Dueck The wild success of the mainland's solar panel manufacturing industry has set a high bar for other renewable sources of energy but the industry is firmly focused on exports and likely to remain so for the future. The country's solar power story is a reverse image of the wind power industry, as solar panel companies built mainland factories to cut costs ...

  8. Business - Commodities - ENERGY

    Solar industry bouncing back on mainland China after prolonged downturn

    Posted Jan 25th 2014, 05:29am by Reuters

    ... Reuters Energy firms are once again developing huge projects thanks to financial sweeteners Mainland solar industry bounces back The mainland's solar panel industry is showing signs ... and northwest. The sweeteners have not only lured traditional energy investors like China Power Investment Corp, but also a host of solar panel makers and even companies such as toll road operator Huabei ...

  9. Business - Commodities

    China fuels boom in solar silicon

    Posted May 01st 2014, 01:28am by BLOOM

    ... of solar panel orders in China and Japan. Demand for the commodity used to make photovoltaic cells is expected to jump 15 per cent this year, the most since 2011. The price of the material, made ... and Japan are driving the rebound with subsidies for solar panel installations. About 44.5 gigawatts of solar capacity will be added worldwide this year, a 21 per cent increase over last year, ...

  10. Business - Commodities - SOLAR ENERGY

    China’s solar target crucial for the global industry

    Posted Jun 18th 2014, 10:59am by David Fullbrook

    ... David Fullbrook China's new target for the renewable power will revitalise the sector, but adjustments are needed Great leap forward on solar will set global benchmark China's new target for solar power has global implications for a world struggling with climate change. Last month, Beijing pencilled in 70 gigawatts of solar photovoltaic power plants by 2017. Solar ...




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