Green Technology Knockoffs?

February 6, 2009 at 10:14 pm Leave a comment

It is sure sign that something is a success when the cheap or imitation knockoffs come around.

I came across an article on Earth2Tech (http://earth2tech.com/2009/02/06/pssstwanna-buy-some-solar-panels/) on this very topic.  It seems that there was a company, Sun Tech Power Holdings that had to deal with imitation panels being sold under its name in Germany.

Excerpt: “And it looks like Suntech’s home country of China is the source of the fake solar products. The injunctions are against a company called Suntech Power Holding (Hongkong) Co. Ltd., which has no connection to the real Suntech. Maybe the panels are coming out of the same factories that churn out those Pamasonic DVD players and Grucci handbags.

I can see it now, being offered fake smart power strips at flea markets or in a twist on the shady roofer scam being offered a bargain solar panel array on my roof that fails as the truck rolls out of sight.  Okay this is a serious problem and we all simply be aware and be careful like we would with any substantial purchase and we will probably be okay.

However this does call out a need for a rating service like the one recently offered by Underwriter’s Laboratories (http://www.ulenvironment.com/).  However it will need to take on a roll for watchdog as well to warn the public about these knockoff threat or other unscrupulous firms or practices. Perhaps Consumer Reports will come out with a green products issues or series of reports. One can only hope!

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