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more than thirteen thousand feet above sea level construction is underway on Argentina's Qatari project one of the highest sort of farms in the world yet in this remote part of Argentina you find these signs in Mandarin that's because south America's largest solar farm is being built using funding and technology from China Reuters correspondent because Sandra garrison this is a solo project when it's finished that will generate about five hundred megawatts of solar energy to the national grid that's the equivalent of about two hundred and sixty thousand homes in Argentina when it's finished %HESITATION we worth about five hundred and fifty million dollars and eighty five percent of that is financed by China in Argentina alone China is backing projects including hydroelectric dams wind farms really networks and is an ongoing talks about a major nuclear power plant corporation , testament to the rising influence of Beijing in emerging markets such as Latin America a trend that is worrying Washington the Qatari project also utilizes Chinese technology which includes while a smart TV inverters those inverters have sparked concern among US lawmakers who say it could be vulnerable to hacking but those in charge of the Qatari project we spoke to here didn't share those concerns and said that while a solar technology is the best in the market seven of the top ten suppliers of solar inverters globally are Chinese with walkway leading the list China's growing renewable energy dominance in emerging markets comes as European firms struggle to compete on price and financing and with the U. S. largely absent as a solar skeptical trump administration has ignored green energy prospects the Qatari project in Argentina is expected to come online in August