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Solar Industry Changes | Lillard On Protests | Racism At Multnomah County?

OPB | Sept. 28, 2017 noon

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.

Renewable energy | Ecotrope

Commerce Confirms Tariffs On Some Chinese Solar Panels, But Not All

Ecotrope | Oct. 10, 2012 12:42 p.m.

The U.S. Department of Commerce announced a decision today to impose tariffs on some imported Chinese solar panels but not all.

Renewable energy | Ecotrope

Will Tariffs On China Keep SolarWorld In Oregon?

Ecotrope | March 21, 2012 1:43 a.m.

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.

Renewable energy | Ecotrope

As U.S. Solar Grows, Will China Supply The Panels?

Ecotrope | March 15, 2012 3:10 p.m.

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:

Renewable energy | Ecotrope

U.S. Leans Toward Taxing Chinese Solar Panels

Ecotrope | Jan. 31, 2012 12:32 a.m.

The U.S. Department of Commerce hinted on Monday that American solar panel manufacturers might prevail in their case against subsidized Chinese imports.

Renewable energy | Ecotrope

Obama: China's clean energy trade "questionable"

Ecotrope | Nov. 3, 2011 12:58 a.m.

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.

Renewable energy | Ecotrope

Wyden: How to stop China's solar-power takeover

Ecotrope | Sept. 8, 2011 4:47 a.m.

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.

Renewable energy | Ecotrope

Wind energy headquarters powered by solar panels

Ecotrope | July 21, 2011 8:45 a.m.

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.

Renewable energy | Ecotrope

SolarWorld now employs 1,000 at Hillsboro plant

Ecotrope | Dec. 16, 2010 1:02 a.m.

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.

Energy | Ecotrope

SolarLab opens at German-American School

Ecotrope | Oct. 7, 2010 8 a.m.

The German company SolarWorld, whose American headquarters are in Hillsboro, has set up a learning center inside the German-American School of Portland in Beaverton. SolarLab had its grand opening today: