Solar power is critical to achieving a green future, but there is extensive evidence of labor abuse across much of the solar supply chain. Nearly half of the world’s polysilicon, a key material used to produce solar panels, comes from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR or Xinjiang), a region of China where members of ethnic and religious minority groups are forced by the government to work against their will. How does forced labor find its way into solar power?
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Worker installing solar panels on a roof. June 22, 2021.