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Solar Firms Eye Supply Tracing as China Forced Labor Debated

  • Firms including Longi, JA Solar and Duke Energy sign pledge
  • Xinjiang home to 36% of global polysilicon capacity: BNEF
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Some of the world’s biggest solar companies pledged to oppose forced labor in their supply chains as concerns mount about the sector’s reliance on China’s Xinjiang region.

A group of 175 companies involved in the industry, including Chinese leaders such as Longi Green Energy Technology Co. and JA Solar Technology Co. along with global utility giants Duke Energy Corp. and Engie SA., signed up to a written pledge which also demands increased transparency efforts.