US senators press for Huawei, be excluded from the solar energy market

FILE PHOTO: The Huawei logo is displayed ahead of the Mobile World Congress (MWC 19) in Barcelona, Spain, February 24, 2019. REUTERS/Sergio Perez/Photo File

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan group of senators on Monday urged the US government to block Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd supply of solar energy generators, just as he has acted, to the Chinese giant of the AMERICAN telecommunications network.

The 11 lawmakers urged the Department of Homeland Security and the Energy Department to prevent Huawei from providing solar inverters, which convert solar energy to power that is suitable for use on grids for the AMERICAN energy companies.

“Both large-scale photovoltaic systems and that are used by homeowners, school districts, and companies are also vulnerable to cyber attacks. Our federal government should consider a ban on the use of Huawei inverters in the United

States,” the lawmakers said in a letter.

The letter was signed by Republican Senators John Cornyn, Richard Burr, James., Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, Susan Collins, Ben Sasse, and Mitt Romney as Democratic Senators Mark Warner, Dianne Feinstein and Independent Angus King.

Huawei is a relatively recent entrant to the united states the power of the market, but has developed a new generation of low-cost inverters for solar energy, convert, manage and monitor the energy produced by solar panels for home use.

The United States has sought to exclude Huawei from supplying equipment such as routers and switches to U.S. telecommunications companies, and has accused the company of conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions against Iran and stealing AMERICAN technology.

Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe

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