AFASE: minimum price should have regression built in


As details of the settlement between Chinese solar panel manufacturers and EC trade negotiators emerge, anti-tariff trade group AFASE has criticized the apparent lack of regression in the minimum purchase price reported.

With European Commission trade commissioner Karel De Gucht reported to have agreed a minimum price of €0.56 per watt (US$0.74/W) for Chinese modules imported to the EU – as well as an annual cap in volume of 7 GW – the Alliance for Affordable Solar Energy (AFASE), has called for a regression to any minimum price agreed.

An AFASE spokesman told pv magazine: "The numbers mentioned in reports aren't sustainable and don't take into account the need for continued cost reductions to offset ongoing tariff cuts.

"If accurate, €0.56 per watt represents an increase of 20% or more compared to the market price pre-registration, i.e. between €0.45 per watt and €0.46 per watt with some prices as low as €0.38 per watt.

"A minimum import price of €0.56 per watt in most markets, especially those with decreasing feed-in tariffs, will substantially jeopardize commercial rooftop installations and prevent large ground-mount installations."

Popular content

This content is protected by copyright and may not be reused. If you want to cooperate with us and would like to reuse some of our content, please contact:


Related content

Elsewhere on pv magazine...

Leave a Reply

Please be mindful of our community standards.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

By submitting this form you agree to pv magazine using your data for the purposes of publishing your comment.

Your personal data will only be disclosed or otherwise transmitted to third parties for the purposes of spam filtering or if this is necessary for technical maintenance of the website. Any other transfer to third parties will not take place unless this is justified on the basis of applicable data protection regulations or if pv magazine is legally obliged to do so.

You may revoke this consent at any time with effect for the future, in which case your personal data will be deleted immediately. Otherwise, your data will be deleted if pv magazine has processed your request or the purpose of data storage is fulfilled.

Further information on data privacy can be found in our Data Protection Policy.