Clouds gather for China’s solar manufacturers

China’s solar panel manufacturers face an uncertain future as new regulations and trade barriers kick in. But solar plant developers may well be able to take advantage.

China's solar panel manufacturers must be wondering where the next glimpse of sunshine is going to come from.

As recently as a couple of years ago, the industry was earmarked as a shining example of China's move up the value chain in technology that would help underpin Beijing's commitment under the Paris climate accord.

China is the world's largest manufacturer of solar panels, with a 1.4 million strong workforce in 2017 accounting for 37% of global installation, according to the International Renewable Energy Agency. 

But in recent months, regulatory manoeuvres at home and abroad have put the industry in sharp decline.

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