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Solar power’s future could soon be overshadowed

Monday 15 Feb 21 12:00pm

The fate of people like Mihrigul Tursun, who was detained in a Chinese internment camp for Uighur Muslims, could affect the fortunes of the solar industry. Photo: US State Dept. (public domain), via Wikimedia Commons

 

By KIERAN COOKE | As more households and industries have opted to harness the sun’s energy, a small but definite shadow is nagging at the many manufacturers who have put their faith in solar power’s future.

Prices have fallen dramatically: according to the International Energy Agency, the cost of producing electricity from solar energy dropped 80 per cent over the past decade. But a mix of international economic rivalries and human rights issues could hamper the onward expansion of solar around the world.

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