China solar sales go cold

By Joe McDonald, Journal Gazette:

Industry faces weak demand and price war

Chinese solar panel makers that grew fast over the past decade are suffering big losses due to slumping global sales and a price war that threaten an industry seen by Communist leaders as a role model for hopes to transform China into a technology leader.

Another looming challenge: Moves by the United States and Europe toward imposing possible anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese-made solar panels that might further depress sales.

Financial problems are likely to force painful changes in the Chinese industry including possible mergers, bankruptcies, factory closures or layoffs, industry analysts say.

“The next 1 1/2 years will be very challenging,” said Frank Haugwitz, a renewable energy consultant in Beijing… Read more

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