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Duties on Chinese solar manufacturers receives opposition

Nine solar trade associations have asked the EU Commission to reject duties on Chinese manufactured solar modules in a letter to European Trade Commissioner, Karel De Gucht.

The letter expresses concerns about the potential outcome of the European Commission’s anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations against Chinese solar manufacturers.

The letter argues: “Our members unanimously indicate that any level of anti-dumping and / or countervailing measure will have an immediate impact on the prices which they need to charge to their customers for PV installations.”

It also warns that: “if the costs for photovoltaic products increase, our members will have to increase the price for PV installations. That will automatically mean that demand will decrease and that the achievement of grid-parity will be set-back for at least several years.”

The nine trade associations include Solar Trade Association (STA), Swedish Trade Federation (Svensk Handel) and Slovak Association of Photovoltaic Industry (SAPI).

STA CEO Paul Barwell said: “The current uncertainty is undermining the industry at all levels.  The allegations of dumping simply do not stack up but in the meantime we are facing real difficulties. The STA has signed this letter in an effort to bring home to the Commission the strength of the industry’s views and we hope the Commission will take note.”

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