After a ban of telecom technologies from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., a bipartisan group of senators in the US, urged the government to block the company from supplying solar energy generators to the United States.
Eleven lawmakers sent a letter on Monday to the Department of Homeland Security and Energy department to ban Huawei’s attempt to provide solar inverters that convert solar energy to power that can be used on power grids for U. S. energy companies.
In a letter, the senators said that these technologies are ‘vulnerable to cyber attacks’.
The letter was signed by Republican Senators John Cornyn, Richard Burr, James Risch, Marco Rubio, Tom Cotton, Susan Collins, Ben Sasse, and Mitt Romney as well as Democratic Senators Mark Warner, Dianne Feinstein, and Independent Angus King.
“Both large-scale photovoltaic systems and those used by homeowners, school districts, and businesses are equally 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 company is considerably new in the solar power market. However, it has developed a new generation of low-cost inverters that can convert solar power to electricity from home systems.
In the past, the US has banned Huawei from supplying telecommunication equipment like routers and switches to US service providers after they accuse the company of violating U.S. sanction on Iran and conspiring to steal U. S. technologies.
Furthermore, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has recently said that Huawei ‘threatens the ability of Europe to work alongside with the US”.
“We have spent time not just in this ministerial of Warsaw last week where we had some real success,” he said. “But over the past months, we’ve been out around the world just making sure everyone had the same information, that countries understand the risk of putting this Huawei technology into their IT systems.”
Although faced with pushback from European countries, Trump Administration has been warning other countries of the potential risk the company might bring. /apr