Trina Solar Limited (NYSE:TSL) and Yingli Green Energy (NYSE:YGE), major Chinese manufacturers of solar equipment, have rebuffed a complaint by EU ProSun, a group of European solar panel companies, that Chinese solar companies had the advantage of financing at very low interest rates courtesy the country’s government policy. “As a publicly listed company, our funding and cost structures are fully transparent and we have been financing our activities at market rates from a range of sources, both Asian and Western, private and public,” said Trina Solar’s European head Ben Hill, and quoted by Reuters.
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Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) maps feature in its new iOS operating system has generally met with criticism. A report in the New York Times suggests Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) may be developing a maps app for the iPhone and the iPad which may be ready by the end of the year.
Amazon’s (NASDAQ:AMZN) new website,vine.com, is targeted at shoppers looking for green products that are easy on the environment, and is another instance of the online retailer’s quest to sell whatever people may be seeking to buy. Site leader Josh Dorfman is upfront when he says “It’s a fair point that no matter how you’re going to engage in commerce, there’s going to be an environmental impact. We’re not promising to be the greenest company right away, and we’re owning up to the fact that it’s not the way we operate across the entire company,” as quoted in the NYT.