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As solar panels pile up, China takes axe to polysilicon producers

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Three quarters of China's solar-grade polysilicon producers face closure as Beijing looks to overhaul a bloated and inefficient industry, resulting in fewer but better companies to compete against Germany's Wacker Chemie AG and South Korea's OCI Co Ltd.Full story

Virgin Islands university focusing on solar energy

The University of the Virgin Islands has signed a power-purchasing agreement with an Illinois-based energy company to create solar energy systems on the school's two campuses. Full story

China hikes tariff on US, Korean solar polysilicon

China has fired a new salvo in a global trade battle over solar panels by raising import duties on U.S.- and Korean-made polysilicon used to manufacture them. Full story

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File photo of workers installing a solar panel in Jiuquan
File photo of workers installing a solar panel in Jiuquan

Workers install a solar panel in Jiuquan, Gansu province, in this July 14, 2013 file photo. Three quarters of China's solar-grade polysilicon producers face closure as Beijing looks to overhaul a bloated and inefficient industry. Demand for solar panels has eased since the global financial crisis, f

File photo of an employee walking on solar panels at a solar power plant in Aksu
File photo of an employee walking on solar panels at a solar power plant in Aksu

An employee walks on solar panels at a solar power plant in Aksu, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in this May 18, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Stringer/Files