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What impact will the WTO ruling have on the US solar industry?

Industry experts and leading U.S. solar companies do not expect any immediate or seismic fallout following the announcement that the WTO has upheld parts of China's counter-claim.

US solar duty violated trade rules, WTO finds

Suntech solar panels from China.

The World Trade Organization ruled on Monday that U.S. tariffs imposed on Chinese solar panels broke international trade rules.

Industry welcomes Indian budget

Indian finance minister Arun Jaitley.

The Indian solar industry was broadly positive after India's new government outlined its spending plans. Tax measures to boost manufacturing could hint at a pending imposition of AD duties on imports.

Nations discuss lifting tariffs on environmental goods

Costa Rican tree frog

Trade representatives of 14 governments, including Costa Rica, the U.S., the EU, Australia, Japan and China are working to make environmental goods cheaper and more accessible to people around the globe.

US-China trade war pushes thin film market to 11-month high

First Solar thin film factory

Spot prices for thin film modules rise 5.2% in a month as ongoing trade dispute between the U.S. and China depresses prices for polysilicon panels.

SolarWorld calls for US probe of alleged Chinese spy attack

SolarWorld US headquarters, Hillsboro, Oregon

The company has requested that U.S. authorities investigate the effects of the alleged cyber-hacking and interception of thousands of its emails containing secret financial, production, R&D and trade litigation details.

China founds PV association

Trina Solar chairman and CEO Jifan Gao.

The newly-constituted CPIA will pursue a 'free and fair trade environment for Chinese PV'. The head of Trina Solar has been elected to lead the organization for five years.

Indian manufacturers dismiss threat to NSM

A solar farm in Gujarat, India.

The country's solar manufacturing association says domestic producers and non dumping exporters can more than meet the demand for solar in India. Power minister Piyush Goyal this week said the imposition of AD duties on imports...

SolarWorld calls for WTO action over hacking

The flag of China.

Pro-tariff solar manufacturer SolarWorld says China should be the subject of a case at the WTO for violating international trade secret agreements. The U.S. subsidiary of the German manufacturer was allegedly hacked by members of...

India reconsidering solar duties as government opens PV floodgates

Narendra Modi, PM, India.

As new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pursues the PV fast lane, the country's power ministry calls upon the Ministry of Finance to reverse its decision to impose dumping duties on US and Asian suppliers.

Greece is China's gateway to Europe

Chinese premier Li Keqiang.

Chinese premier Li Keqiang's three-day visit to Athens coincided with trade agreements that could be worth up to $8.8bn for Greece's beleaguered economy. Investments in Piraeus port and the Greek railway network could be followed...

US developers turn back on Chinese suppliers

U.S. president Barack Obama.

Two American developers have reportedly signed supply deals with non-Chinese manufacturers, just two weeks after CVD decision. A report has predicted a price rise of 14% for Chinese modules in the States.

India's anticipated import tariffs could dampen Modi's ambitious solar plans

Narendra Modi inaugurates solar park in Gujarat

Anti-dumping tariffs would range from $0.11 to $0.81 per watt on PV imports and double the price of solar energy to $0.20 a kilowatt hour, according to the Solar Power Developers' Association.

Chinese manufacturers likely to set up shop in Mexico

Mexico City

Looking at the possible impact of new U.S. import tariffs on PV modules from China, market research group TrendForce says Mexico could offer Chinese manufacturers a North American pipeline hub.

JinkoSolar expresses disappointment at proposed US duties on Chinese panels

JinkoSolar 1.2 MW BIPV project in the US

The Chinese PV manufacturer says the Commerce Department decision "will have a negative impact on the solar industry and will ultimately end up hurting U.S. customers and U.S. solar jobs the most."

EU ProSun accuses Chinese PV manufacturers of 'massive violation of EU trade deal'

EU ProSun President Milan Nitzschke

The European solar lobby group calls the minimum price agreement between the EU and China "unworkable" and in need of "review" after submitting some 1,500 suspected trade violations to the European Commission.

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