AFASE: minimum price should have regression built in

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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."