IN DEPTH: Solar on the brink

The tariffs debate has divided the German solar industry

The tariffs debate has divided the German solar industry

It is perhaps the most important decision in the history of the solar industry. Some say it will bring salvation. Others fear it will decimate the sector.

The European Commission (EC) has until 5 June to announce its decision. Yet if the reports are true, it has already made up its mind — it will impose anti-dumping duties on imported Chinese PV cells, wafers and modules.

German solar manufacturers, which have suffered the most from the influx of cheap Chinese panels in recent years, have lobbied hard for the tariff, arguing that state-backed Chinese firms are selling products at below cost and consequently putting them out of business.

Bonn-based SolarWorld — which leads the EU ProSun Log in to read complete article.

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