Damian Lillard has some thoughts about taking the knee during the national anthem. Also, we hear about allegations of racism at Multnomah County. And we check in on Oregon's solar industry.
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a decision today to impose tariffs on some imported Chinese solar panels but not all.
Yesterday the U.S. Department of Commerce announced it would impose import taxes on Chinese solar panels. The decision was a response to complaints from U.S. solar panel manufacturers, but only a preliminary one.
A new report found U.S. solar power doubled in 2011. The Washington Post reports the solar industry installed a record 1,855 megawatts of capacity in 2011, more than double the annual record of 887 megawatts set in 2010. And there's more coming online this year:
The solar industry sent out a news release yesterday quoting President Obama in an interview with Portland's KGW news anchor Tracy Barry on trade complaints against China's subsidized solar industry.
U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden doesn't want to see the U.S. replace its reliance on oil from the Middle East oil with dependence on Chinese solar panels. But he's afraid that's what's happening as China subsidizes solar-panel products and undercuts the prices U.S. manufacturers can offer.
Portland Mayor Sam Adams announced today that SolarWorld, a German solar manufacturer that has headquarters and a manufacturing plant in Hillsboro, will be supplying the solar array for the future headquarters of Vestas, a Danish wind turbine manufacturer and developer with a headquarters in Portland.
SolarWorld has reached its goal of employing 1,000 people at its Hillsboro manufacturing plant by 2011 and overhauling its operations in Camarillo, Calif. The company reports it now has the equivalent of four factories in Hillsboro, after adding a automated panel assembly factory in a new building.