At least 300 smaller manufacturers have suspended production, and others are producing at below 50 percent of their capacity
By Joe Mc Donald
BEIJING (AP) — 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 1½ years will be very challenging,” said Frank Haugwitz, a renewable energy consultant in Beijing.
First Solar, other solar stocks get bump after Trina power plant announcement/Phoenix Business Journal