As expected, the EU has effectively announced the summer trade deal will be used as a panacea for its subsidy and dumping investigations. EU manufacturers are sure to be disappointed by the announcement.
The provisional duties vary between 17.1% and 42.1% depending on each Chinese company's cooperation with the investigation. The tariffs are due to take effect tomorrow, Nov. 28.
NPD Solarbuzz says rising demand and falling wafer and poly production costs are good news all round. Tier 1 suppliers are continuing to drive down production costs.
The EU's Joint Research Center says three metals used in the solar industry are at risk of shortages. China's stranglehold of raw materials could mean problems ahead for Europe.
Solar manufacturer Jiangsu Shunfeng has announced details of its planned acquisition of Wuxi Suntech. If successful, the move would consolidate Cheng Kin Ming's position in Chinese solar.
The latest round of high level trade talks between the EU and China touched upon the tricky subject of subsidies and state-owned enterprises. Trade commissioner Karel de Gucht was involved in the fourth HED talks, in Brussels.
A decline in wind projects, easing of international trade tensions and a number of acquisitions and partnerships that continue to enhance the popularity of solar have all factored in a boost for solar company shares.
Solar product makers in China continue to reap the benefits of a government eager to prop up a troubled industry. Beijing is now offering tax rebates to manufacturers in an effort to assist the struggling sector.
The proposal by the U.S. Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) aimed at ending the solar trade row appears to be gaining momentum and winning the support of key lawmakers. SolarWorld executive remain skeptical, however.
The U.S. solar industry trade organization has been working behind the scenes with U.S. and Chinese government officials to draw up a plan to resolve the ongoing trade dispute and benefit both U.S. and Chinese manufacturers.
Chinese state-owned Shanghai Electric Power has signed a memorandum of understanding paving the way for a €200 million investment in Malta's state-owned energy company. The move would be the first step to Chinese module...
Hanergy Solar is banking on custom from its majority shareholder Hanergy Group, as well as support from the Chinese government.
The predicted catastrophic effects of trade wars on stock prices never materialized on Wall Street. Analaysts offer a cautiously positive outlook on the industry.
The EU Commission has reportedly found evidence that Chinese PV manufacturers benefitted from state subsidies. There will be no provisional duties implemented, however, and the compromised reached in August will remain in place.
Industry representatives in the U.S. are divided over the recent EU-China trade dispute settlement and remain unsatisfied with anti-dumping measures against Chinese imports. The PV sector nevertheless continues to grow.
The manner in which the EU and China negotiated the compromise in the trade dispute and the way it continues to be communicated is a lesson in opacity. The companies and the public have been left in the dark about crucial details...
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