China’s Day In The Sun And The Future Of The Solar Industry | On Point

In this Oct. 9, 2015, file photo, solar panels are seen near the power grid in northwestern China’s Ningxia Hui autonomous region. (Ng Han Guan/AP)

China’s out to own the sun. What about the United States? Plus, what we’re doing to protect ourselves from cyberattacks on energy grids.

Donald Trump talks a lot about coal, but its solar energy that’s been on a roll lately. But a lot of that roll has been in China. China wants to, in effect, own the sun. It is now absolutely dominant in solar panel manufacturing. Its driven prices down and down. Price-wise, solar energy can now outcompete fossil-fueled electricity in the Middle East. Cheap panels are driving a lot of solar installation jobs in the USA. Where does all this go? This hour On Point: Who owns the sun? The energy future and solar.

Guests

Keith Bradsher, Shanghai bureau chief for the New York Times and host of the paper’s annual renewable energy conference. (@KeithBradsher)

David Sandalow, fellow at Columbia University’s Center on Global Energy Policy, and former undersecretary of energy until President Obama.

John Everett, program manager for the Information Innovation Office at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

 

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