How China came to dominate solar energy

Workers installing solar panels at a residential home in a village in Dongying, Shandong province, China, on Nov 22, 2017.
Workers installing solar panels at a residential home in a village in Dongying, Shandong province, China, on Nov 22, 2017.PHOTO: REUTERS

With some 70% of market, Beijing likely will maintain its dominance by investing heavily

US President Donald Trump recently made a statement about Sino-American rivalry that was almost immediately met with ridicule. "We make better solar panels than China," he told a group of governors at the White House last Monday.

He also claimed the 30 per cent import tax slapped on foreign-made panels, introduced in January, was already reviving local production.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 05, 2018, with the headline 'How China came to dominate solar energy'. Print Edition | Subscribe