Australia depends on China for 90% of imports of technology “crucial” to the country’s future.
Energy Minister Angus Taylor has been pissed off by Australia’s over-reliance on China for one of the most important technologies for the country’s future.
Over 90% of solar panels imported from Australia come from China, and about 80% of panels in Australia are made in China.
Solar power is seen as a crucial technology for Australia’s future and the primary source of energy that will power Australian homes as the nation moves towards net zero emissions.
But 2GB host Ben Fordham was quick to point out the dangerous position in which Australia now finds itself given China’s proven willingness to arm trade ties in an attempt to manipulate political behavior in China. ‘other countries.
In 2020, China imposed tempting tariffs of up to 218% on Australian wine exports in retaliation for Australia’s ban on Huawei on 5G deployment and government calls for an investigation into the origins of Covid-19.
“When are we going to start making them here?” This is Australian technology, but now 90% of the panels we buy are from China, ”Fordham asked.
The Energy Minister agreed, saying strengthening local solar energy manufacturing is a “central focus” of the federal government.
“It’s a big goal. We have prioritized solar technology as a critical technology for Australia, ”Taylor said.
“We have the highest rate of home solar energy in the world in Australia. We want to see more manufacturing in Australia.
But when asked to elaborate on the government’s plan to increase local production of solar panels, the Energy Minister was vague.
“You donated $ 33 million last week for locally made food, so how much money are you going to spend on solar power?” Fordham asked.
Mr Taylor said the government “is still working on this”.
“There is no doubt that we have already invested significant sums in solar energy in this country and in the search for wages in the manufacturing sector and will continue to do so in the years to come,” he said. .
“We have a local producer in South Australia – Tindo – and I strongly encourage people to support this local manufacturer. “
Solar panel installations are expected to quadruple during this decade, accounting for almost half of Australia’s total energy capacity by 2030.