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China, Inc. Locked In on World Solar, Wind Manufacturing Domination

China’s new 12th Five-Year Plan clearly shows that rather than striving to comply with internationally agreed-upon trade rules, the Chinese government is intent on dominating solar PV and wind energy manufacturing globally. China’s new plan will direct some $1.5 trillion into solar PV manufacturing export, with polysilicon, thin-film CIGS solar PV producers and equipment manufacturers now squarely in its sights.

What if China Stimulated Domestic Demand for Solar Photovoltaic Power?

China’s been tremendously successful at stimulating growth of a domestic solar photovoltaic manufacturing industry, but that growth’s been focused on exports. Thanks to its huge trade surplus, the Chinese government has been able to subsidize its domestic manufacturers, but they’re now suffering along with their German, Japanese and American peers. But what if Chinese leaders turned to stimulating domestic demand for solar PV instead?