Chinese find Eugene

A Chinese startup in Eugene is moving quickly to make an impact on the solar market.

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Centron Solar – a company that didn’t even have a name until last month – plans to sell and distribute Chinese-made solar panels to the U.S. market., with hopes of selling solar energy at $1 a watt in a few years.

The company, the brainchild of Eugene resident Ocean Yuan, is moving so fast that it caught state economic development officials — and potential competitor SolarWorld — by surprise.

“Honestly, this was news to us,” said Tim McCabe, director of the Oregon Business Development Department, who learned about the company’s launch on Thursday. “If it’s true what I’ve heard, it’s an exciting prospect.”

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