Yingli ire at US dumping duties

China’s Yingli Solar accused the US Department of Commerce of “severely jeopardising” the progress of solar power in America through its decision to impose anti-dumping tariffs on its products.

Yingli – the world’s biggest supplier of modules in 2013 – was among the producers from China and Taiwan to see its PV equipment hit with import duties under the preliminary DOC ruling.

The Chinese producer, which will be subject to a 42.33% tariff, said: “This determination will increase the price of solar energy in America, severely jeopardising the US solar industry's tremendous progress in cost competiveness and affordability when compared with traditional energy sources."

Yingli joined its own government in condemning the latest round of tariffs, which follow a complaint from SolarWorld Americas that Chinese manufacturers were using Taiwanese production to dodge previously imposed fair-trade penalties.

The trade ministry in Beijing claimed the escalation would damage the solar industries in both nations, adding that if the preliminary verdict is upheld next year, the duties threaten the development of economic ties between the US and China.

Yingli's statement said it remains committed to the US market despite the “protectionist trade policies”.

Speaking to Recharge earlier in July, Len Conapinski, vice president and general counsel for Yingli Green Energy Americas, said greater geographical spreads of PV production is inevitable, whatever happens in the latest round of trade disputes.