Sparks fly over EU PV duties

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

The European Commission

As a flood of reports suggest that provisional EU anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese PV equipment are a done deal, European opponents of the move swiftly predicted they would smash the economics of solar projects on the continent.

Although no official announcement has been made, Brussels looks set to act on complaints that Chinese companies have been dumping PV product in Europe at unfairly low prices, to the detriment of local manufacturers.

The Alliance for Affordable Solar Energy (AFASE) – a lobbying group claiming to represent 450 solar businesses – said reports of duties of between 37% and 68% on Chinese imports are “extremely worrying”.

AFASE claims the tariffs would stop EU solar development in its tracks and cause “irreversible damage” that even a later settlement could not undo.

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