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US Solar Boom Opens $2 Billion Indian Door to Banned Products From China

US efforts to promote the expansion of India’s solar industry may have opened a back door to components made with forced labor in China.

India’s largest solar producer, Waaree Energies Ltd., has sent millions of panels to the US with components from a Chinese company whose products were repeatedly denied entry to the US market over concerns about forced labor, a Bloomberg News examination of Indian and US import records shows. Those components, solar cells produced by China’s Longi Green Energy Technology Co. at plants in Malaysia and Vietnam, are used in Waaree panels blanketing solar farms in Texas and other states.

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