Photovoltaic panels manufactured outside of Turkey are already subject to an import tax, called gözetim vergisi. However, Turkey’s government also initiated an antidumping investigation for imported modules.
The investigation was completed in February, and the committee reported to the Ministry of Economy that it had detected a 27% dumping rate for modules imported from China.
The whole process was concluded on Saturday 1st April, when Turkey’s government published a list of China-based PV panel manufacturers who are now subject to an anti-dumping fee of US$20/m² in the state gazette.
The list of firms includes:
Hanwha Q Cells (Qidong)
Zhejiang Jinko Solar
Chint Solar (Zhejiang)
ByD (Shangluo) Industrial
Canadian Solar (Changshu)
Canadian Solar (Luoyang)
CEEG (Shanghai) Solar Science Technology
CEEG Nanjing Renewable Energy
Changzhou Trina Solar Energy
Trina Solar (Changzou) Science and Technology
Hainan Yingli New Energy Resources
Yingi Energy (China)
Hefei Chinaland Solar Energy
Jianhsu Seraphim Solar System
Furthermore, all other PV panel manufacturers who have set up manufacturing plants in China, and did not respond to the investigation are subject to an antidumping fee of $25/m².
Ates Ugurel, founder of Turkey’s Solar Energy Society Solarbaba, told pv magazine that “the imposed antidumping fee will increase the PV panel’s cost by approximately 30 to 35%. The current average PV panel price is around $0.35/W, and it will now rise to $0.45 to $0.48/W.”
In March, Turkey tendered 1 GW of solar PV capacity, which will comprise a single PV plant in Konya’s Karapinar province. The consortium of South Korea’s Hanwha Q Cells and local Turkish firm Kalyon Enerji won the tender, offering to sell the generated electricity at a feed-in tariff of $0.0699/kWh.
Last month too, Turkey’s energy minister Berat Albayrak said at a conference that the ministry is set to launch a solar and wind tender for 1 GW of new capacity each in mid-summer.
The Konya tender includes requirements for local manufacturing of PV modules, cells, wafers, ingots and inverters, and the industry is waiting to see whether this is also the case for the forthcoming solar tender set to be launched in the summer.