26 Apr 2021

Solar Panels and Chinese Forced Labour

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Revealed: UK solar projects using panels from firms linked to Xinjiang forced labour

Recent reports have raised the concern that many UK solar projects and some of the world’s biggest solar companies use silicon that originates in China’s oppressed Xinjiang region, with a high possibility that forced labour has been used in its production.

Wind & Sun choose our suppliers carefully and expect that our suppliers will in turn hold their own suppliers to the same standards.

See: Guardian report

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REC is committed to maintaining and improving systems and processes to avoid complicity in human rights violations related to their operations, supply chain, and products. They have in place a robust supplier qualification process and conduct periodic audits to ensure compliance with its requirements.

REC have completed an initial review of all suppliers and there is no use of any polysilicon or other material from XUAR in REC's supply chain for the REC Alpha and REC N-Peak panels.

See: REC Statement

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LG Electronics have confirmed that none of it's direct suppliers are among those associated with forced labour issues in China.

They are reiterating to their suppliers that such behaviour is prohibited and may lead to termination of contracts.

See: LG Solar Statement

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Solarwatt have signed up to a joint statement from SEUK which condemns and opposes any abuse of human rights, including forced labour, anywhere in the global supply chain. 

See: UK industry supply chain statement • Solar Energy UK