A group of eleven U.S. senators has expressed their concerns over the Huawei equipment to the U.S. government. In a letter, written to Secretaries of the U.S. Department of Energy and Homeland security, the senators said that Huawei equipment could be a potential threat to nation’s energy infrastructure.
Energy grids in peril
“We understand that Huawei, the world’s largest manufacturer of solar inverters, is attempting to access our domestic residential and commercial markets. Congress recently acted to block Huawei from our telecommunications equipment market. We urge similar action to protect critical U.S. electrical systems and infrastructure,” wrote the senators.
Senators cited that solar inverters have expanded the residential and utility-scale energy production. They alleged that the solar inverters used by large scale photovoltaic systems and the small scale ones used by homeowners and school districts are subject to cyber attacks.
“Our federal government should consider a ban on the use of Huawei inverters in the United States and work with state and local regulators to raise awareness and mitigate potential threats,” argued the senators.
The Chinese tech giants solar inverters are used by commercial as well as public utility customers. It offers a vast range of solar panel products. It also sells control systems and software that helps operate solar power plants. The company has witnessed large scale adoption of its solar energy products across Europe and Saudi Arabia.
Huawei crisis seems to be deepening as the U.S is coming up with new allegations against the tech behemoth. The firm is facing spying allegations thrown at it by the U.S. intelligence authorities. They claim that the companies equipment serves as spying devices which are used to collect sensitive information of other countries for the Chinese government.
Huawei has repeatedly denied all allegations. “Absolutely not possible. And also, we never participate in espionage and we do not allow any of our employees to do any act like that. And we absolutely never install backdoors. Even if we were required by Chinese law, we would firmly reject that,” said Ren Zhengfei, the CEO of Huawei.
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