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Japan solar farms dim on Huawei as US sounds alarm

Sector is divided as some stick with Chinese company's product

Mount Fuji is seen past a solar power facility. Huawei controls a large share of the Japanese market for power conditioners used for solar panels.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- The U.S. call for allies to bar Huawei Technologies communications devices is affecting procurement by Japan's energy sector as some solar farm operators decide to drop the Chinese company's products.

Huawei started producing power conditioners for photovoltaic power plants in 2012 and now holds 22% of the global market and about 10% of the Japanese market for the key device, which converts DC power produced by panels to usable AC power. 

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