Our GigaOM Pro Green IT analyst Adam Lesser points out that U.S. solar manufacturers are preparing a complaint against China to be filed with the Department of Commerce and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Germany’s SolarWorld AG is helping lead the effort, largely due to its Hillsboro, Oregon PV production facility where it currently is in the midst of a $400 million dollar production plant investment. SolarWorld is already cutting 200 jobs at its Camarillo, California facility.
Earlier this week I reported about how the new Senior Advisor at the DOE is speaking out about what the DOE is up against with aggressive credit from the China Development Bank. The reality is that China provided $30 billion in credit to solar alone last year, which makes the $535 million that Solyndra got look like a drop in a bucket, points out Adam. Other stories and ideas Adam is looking at include:
- Wind energy markets: experts see solid offshore growth: By 2030, wind power is expected to account for almost a third of the EU’s power.
- India primes itself for smart grid innovation: In a country where over 400 million people don’t have electricity, a $750 million loan that will help bring smartgrid tech to India seems a bit like the nation might be putting the cart before the horse. But many argue that the legendary brownouts combined with electricity demand growing at a rate much faster than capacity make it critical that India figure out a way to stabilize the grid and manage demand.
- Obama Administration banking on next-generation nukes: Is Obama thinking about bringing back nuclear?