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The Role of Chinese Solar Technology in Africa’s Just Energy Transition

China is by far the world’s dominant producer of solar power technology which is becoming increasingly popular in places like Africa that are under mounting pressure to transition from reliance on fossil fuels to new, greener renewable sources of energy.

Nicola Licata, a Shanghai-based project manager at the U.S. consultancy Clean Energy Associates, and her Washington, D.C.-based colleague, Associate Engineer Raiene Santana, discuss China’s outsized role in the solar power supply chain and the challenges that U.S. and European governments are going to face in financing “Just Energy Transition” projects on the continent that don’t include Chinese solar tech.

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