Huawei brought its string inverters to the United States market in 2016, but recent headlines suggest the company’s stateside standings are in a precarious place.
Huawei’s CFO and deputy board chair Meng Wanzhou was arrested in Canada earlier this month on the United States’ behalf on allegations that she helped Huawei dodge U.S. sanctions on Iran, according to CNN. The arrest comes during the 90-day pause on further trade action between China and the United States, causing some to wonder if the negotiation period will remain in effect.
Solar Power World reached out to see what this unrest means for Huawei’s continued expansion into the U.S. solar inverter market. A representative for Huawei said in an email, “We will continue to serve the needs of our customers with our high quality solar inverters.”
The company also issued a statement to its global solar customers on Dec. 10 maintaining its innocence and stressing its commitment to cybersecurity.
“You may have noticed that the U.S. government has made accusations against our company in recent times,” the release says. “We have clarified on multiple occasions that Huawei strictly complies with all applicable laws and regulations in our global business operations.
“We believe it is unreasonable of the U.S. government to exert pressure on a business entity using these sorts of approaches. It’s against the spirit of free economy and fair competition. Nevertheless, regardless of how unreasonable their approach becomes, the partnerships we have with our global customers will stay unchanged.
“Huawei remains committed to developing trustworthy and secure solutions for our customers. Our products and solutions are used in more than 170 countries and regions. As the go-to digital transformation partner in markets around the globe, we will continue to provide our customers with innovative, trustworthy, and secure solutions that add true value.”
Read the full Huawei press release here: A Letter to Our Global Customers (English).
Correction at 12:45 p.m.: Huawei did not bring central inverters to the United States.