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In Focus: The US-China Solar Trade Dispute

In Focus: The US-China Solar Trade Dispute

In case you missed it, the International Trade Commission (ITC) has agreed to consider adding (more) restrictive tariffs to imported Chinese solar panels. Why this is happening, who’s behind the dispute, and what will happen to solar panel prices and installation costs if the suit moves forward are complicated questions—but important ones for both installers


China Whines Over EU Tariffs

On June 4, the European Union decided to impose provisional anti-dumping tariffs of nearly 50 percent of Chinese photovoltaic (PV) solar modules. But there’s a silver lining for Chinese PV manufacturers: they have until August to curb their anti-competitive practices, before the full impact of the tariffs take effect. In response, China is now investigating


Chinese Solar Tariffs Upheld by ITC

In a widely expected move, the International Trade Commission ruled  US solar manufacturers were harmed by the pricing tactics of Chinese competitors – affirming a series of anti-dumping and anti-subsidy tariffs imposed by the US Department of Commerce in October. Here’s their statement: “The United States International Trade Commission (ITC) today determined that a US industry is materially


Green Technology Duties Eased in Asia-Pacific Regions

Despite ongoing solar industry trade disputes involving China, a group of 22 Asia-Pacific nations has agreed to reduce import duties for green technologies that grow their economies without hurting the environment starting in 2015, reports The New York Times. The agreement by the 21-member Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum sets import duties of 5% or

China to improve renewable energy financing

EU Considers Tariffs on Chinese Solar Products

The European Union began their investigation this morning into allegations that Chinese solar companies have violated world trade agreements by “dumping” solar products on the global market. The New York Times reports that, in terms of value, this is the “world’s biggest anti-dumping investigation.” In 2011, Chinese solar products imported to Europe equated to 6.5


The Insane Growth of the Chinese Solar Market

China’s solar market is undergoing a change that sees much more photovoltaics being installed for on-site generation purposes. The growth in the segment, now the largest segment of China’s photovoltaics market, comes as the number of the country’s overall solar installations are increasing sharply, perhaps slightly reducing pressure for lower prices for PV internationally. The


In Focus: Off-Grid Renewable Energy

At the beginning of August 2012, the world’s biggest power outage hit India leaving 600 million people without electricity. India’s burgeoning electrical grid failed to meet the extreme demands of its growing economy. They simply did not have enough capacity to meet the high demand of electricity in cities. The power outage threw the urban


The Plot Thickens: China to Investigate U.S Polysilicon Trading Practices

This is what it sounds like when the other shoe drops. Last year SolarWorld Americas and the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM) launched a campaign against China’s silicon-based photovoltaics trading practices. That’s resulted in two preliminary Commerce Departmentrulings imposing tariffs on imports of Chinese-made silicon photovoltaics, some higher than 200 percent. Yesterday (July 19)


U.S Shipments Suspended by Chinese Solar Industry

US imports of Chinese solar panels could drop by half this year as a result of the US Commerce Department ruling that slaps a tariff on imports, says market research firm, IHS, Inc. That would raise prices, quickly deplete inventories and impact project timelines, they say in the report, IHS iSuppli PV Perspectives. Because of

China to improve renewable energy financing

Can The New U.S Tariff Benefit Chinese Solar Manufacturers?

Spire Corporation’s Spire Solar unit builds turnkey factory assembly lines for crystalline and thin-film photovoltaic (PV) factories. Roger Little, Spire’s CEO, is looking pretty smart right now. Since early this spring, Little has been predicting a tariff in the 30 percent range would be put on Chinese solar panel imports. On May 17, the U.S.


Why Tariffs on Chinese Solar Hurt Everyone

The United States Department of Commerce yesterday, and of all things at the behest of a German-owned company, SolarWorld AG, imposed extreme tariffs on China-made solar panels and modules of between 31% and 250%, making them much less affordable for U.S. consumers. Commerce took the additional extraordinary step of making the tariffs retroactive for 90