European Commission's proposed anti-dumping tariffs cast shadow over UK solar

After finally pushing past the chaotic introduction of the UK Feed-in-Tariff regime and its hasty revisions, the UK solar photovoltaics industry looks set to enter a new wave of uncertainty in light of the European Commission’s recent announcement that it is proposing to impose tariffs that will increase the costs of products imported into Europe by Chinese solar module manufacturers by 37.2 per cent to 67.9 per cent.

The announcement was the latest step in the ongoing EC investigation into solar panel imports from China. The investigation, which opened in September 2012, is looking into whether Chinese producers are exporting solar panels and their key components into the EU at prices lower than the normal value on their own domestic market and, as a result, are causing an injury to EU industry (known as ‘dumping’, the EC holds such actions to be anti-competitive in their nature)…

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