According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data, 90% of all solar panels imported into Australia were imported directly from China during the first nine months of fiscal year 2020.
This cost Australia $ 1.1 billion ($ 850 million), and from 2015 to 2020 Australia spent more than $ 5.3 billion ($ 4 billion) on Chinese-made solar panels.
Federal Independent Parliamentarian Craig Kelly said Australia’s promotion of renewable energy forced Australia to buy huge numbers of solar panels from China, expressing concern over huge spending.
“The end result will be the transfer of wealth from Australia to the Chinese Communist Party,” Kelly told The Epoch Times.
Australia, on the other hand, has only one solar panel maker called Tindo Solar.
In public letter To the government on March 26, 2020, Tindo Solar CEO Shayne Jaenisch explained that the company was at risk of being shut down due to cheap alternatives in China and lack of federal support.
This was exacerbated by a potential blockade following the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the coronavirus, Jaenisch said.
“Our manufacturing suffers from cheap imports from abroad,” says Jaenisch. “We don’t like to choose our products in government projects funded by taxpayer money (our money), and we have received $ 1 in government grants There is none.”
Of Australia’s 20 largest solar farms (capacities over 100 MW), at least 14 were built entirely of solar panels manufactured in China.
This includes Darlington Point, Australia’s largest solar farm, with 275 MW (enough to power 82,500 households), Bungara (220 MW), Sanlacia (200 MW) and Wellington (174 MW). Can produce solar farms.
Manufacturers include China-based solar panel makers Jinko Solar, Trina Solar, JA Solar and Risen Energy.
Darlington Point solar panels were provided by Canadian Solar.
Declaring to be a Canadian company, Canadian Solar manufactures and exports most of its panels from facilities in China and Southeast Asia. The company was founded in 2001 and was listed on NASDAQ in 2006.
However, the claim of Canada is inconsistent with Chinese sources, including the Chinese Chamber of Commerce for the import and export of mechanical and electronic products. CCCME, And Chinese technology companies Sheena Canadian Solar has declared itself to be the first solar power company in China to be listed on NASDAQ.
Furthermore, Canadian Solar Received the Outstanding Contribution Award During a meeting with the China Photovoltaic Industry Association. According to Canadian Solar, the company has production bases along the Belt and Road in Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil and Indonesia, making it one of the first companies in the solar industry to respond to the CCP’s Belt and Road initiative.
According to the Jiangsu Human Power Social Security Administration JSHRSS— Government agency in Nanjing, China — and SheenaQuXiaohua, the current CEO and founder of Canadian Solar, has also been selected as part of the CCP’s Thousand Talents Program (TTP).
The purpose of the TTP is to find and hire leaders in scientific research and innovation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. warning “Secretly” to become one of the means of CCP economic espionage[ing] Our knowledge and information is back in China. “
The Epoch Times contacted Canadian Solar to see if they were actually a Chinese company, but did not receive comments in time for the announcement.
China continues construction of coal-fired power plant
Despite China’s dominance over the solar panel industry, the Asian giant itself is not in a hurry towards renewable energy sources in its February 2021 report ()pdf) According to the energy and clean air Research Center (CREA), despite promised recently that Xi Jinping President become carbon neutral by 2060, the country has continued to develop a coal-fired power plant at a high rate ..
The report shows that in 2020, China commissioned a new coal-fired power plant with 38.4 GW (38,400 MW). This is more than Australia’s entire 23 GW coal-fired power plant.
In Australia, almost all coal-fired power plants will be shut down by 2050 to meet their net zero carbon emissions target. One of these is the Liddell power plant, which will close its 2GW capacity in 2023.
Kelly pointed out that Australia continued to buy solar panels from China while cracking down on coal generators while China increased its arsenal of coal-fired power plants.
“China produces new Liddell equivalents every 14 days, but we are still closing these,” Kelly said. Said..
In 2020, China began proposing a new coal-fired power plant with an additional 73.5 GW, bringing the total coal-fired power under development to 247 GW. That’s more than 10 times more than Australia’s coal-fired power plants.