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Chinese module prices in US may increase 20%

Yingli PV module production

Further duties on modules assembled in China and on Taiwanese solar components would increase U.S. pricing as firms pass added costs onto customers or outsource production to higher-cost regions, according to GTM Research.

EU lowers Chinese PV import volume

European Commission

In responding to lower installation forecasts in Europe, Brussels has reduced the import volume for photovoltaic manufacturers from China from 7 to 5.8 GW this year.

US, India fail to reach agreement

AEG manufacturing in India.

The two countries are on the verge of a WTO dispute over Indian domestic content requirements. The US will reportedly make a decision once details of the next batch of the National Solar Mission are released.

EU to cut minimum China module price to €0.53/W

Suntech Chinese PV modules.

pv magazine understands that the new minimum price set by the EU is set to fall from €0.56/W to €0.53/W by April 1.

Chinese PV exports to Europe fell 62% in 2013

China flag.

Figures from the China Chamber of Commerce confirm China-European business revenues down by $3.7bn last year.

Suntech Singapore facing financial sanctions after payment default

Suntech solar PV module during production stages.

The Singapore arm of Suntech Power Holdings Co., Ltd. has also had its equity interest in a core subsidiary frozen by Shanghai's People's Court as liquidators move in.

US anti-subsidy decision on China extended to June 2

U.S. DOC building.

The Department of Commerce pushes back the decision date, citing the complexity of the issues.

Solar manufacturing equipment sales lag the boom

Applied Materials solar manufacturing equipment.

US semiconductor giant Applied Materials has reported more gloomy news from its solar division. With a manufacturing overcapacity worldwide, PV companies are not investing in plant, says Applied.

SolarWorld trumpets ITC decision

The U.S. Department of Commerce building.

The US subsidiary of German manufacturer SolarWorld welcomed the ITC verdict 20 minutes after it was announced. SolarWorld America claims Chinese producers enjoy no unsubsidised cost advantage over US rivals.

ITC announces dates for duties decisions

Shipping containers.

The preliminary AD verdict is expected on March 26 and a CVD decision on June 9. The commission arrived at a unanimous verdict that Chinese goods are unfairly harming U.S. manufacturers.

ITC finds dumping and subsidy damage from Taiwanese cells

The U.S. Department of Commerce building.

The International Trade Commission has just revealed its 'affirmative' decision. Preliminary AD duties are now due to be decided upon next month.

Trina Solar jumps the gun on ITC decision

A Trina Solar module.

The Chinese module manufacturer's acquisition of a mainland cell maker pre-empts the decision of the U.S. authorities, due this afternoon. Trina's Chinese bolt-on acquisition will be seen as an ominous move by Taiwanese cell...

REC Silicon narrows loss

REC Silicon, Moses Lake, Washington

The Norwegian company, largely based in the U.S., says it has so far evaded Chinese duties by using available legal options offered by Chinese law.

US challenges India's domestic content requirement

PV manufacturing in India

The White House argues that India's domestic content requirements not only hinder international cooperation on clean energy but also make solar energy more expensive for the country.

SEIA proposes deal to remove US and Chinese duties

Rhone Resch.

US Industry body the SEIA says Chinese manufacturers could pay into a fund for their American counterparts in return for all duties being lifted. The group also wants China to remove its polysilicon duties.

Wacker Poly sales rise brings only limited benefits

Wacker polysilicon is inspected.

Parent company Wacker Chemie AG had to rely on its core chemicals businesses to make up for 'persistently low' polysilicon prices. But Wacker's polysilicon division saw a 7% sales rise, year-on-year, in the fourth quarter.

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