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Today in Green IT: U.S. solar makers vs China

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: