EU solar groups lobby for China

The European Commission is expected to make a preliminary decision on the anti-dumping case in June.

The European Commission is expected to make a preliminary decision on the anti-dumping case as early as June.

More than half a dozen European solar-energy and pro-renewables associations have penned a letter to the EU trade commissioner demanding that no duties be imposed on Chinese PV kit, underscoring the deep and increasingly acrimonious schism between different ends of the supply chain.

The group claims that the companies pushing for the duties – spearheaded by the SolarWorld-backed lobbying group EU ProSun – represent “no more” than 8,700 jobs in Europe, or 3% of the European PV sector.

The group claims that the EU’s decision to begin registering imports of Chinese modules last month – with an eye towards potential retroactive duties – has already had “far-reaching” effects.

In some cases entire PV projects have been put on ice or canceled; in others, importers are being required by customs agents to pony up significant Log in to read complete article.

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