Investigators have accused the Bad Staffelstein-based business of having purchased incorrectly-declared modules from China and evading around €23 million in import duties. The company’s head office and the private apartments of board members have been searched.
According to IHS Markit, on the back of the decision to end the MIP in Europe, solar module prices will decline by up to 30%, while total project system costs will be “immediately” driven down. Overall, it forecasts PV demand to grow 40% in 2019.
SolarPower Europe and SAFE see a resulting contraction in the market, while EU ProSun is calling for the preferential treatment of EU solar manufacturers in the U.S. BNEF says a general window for negotiation of individual country agreements may be possible in the next few weeks.
Milan Nitzschke, president of solar manufacturing trade body EU Prosun, believes that the new proposals for MIP by the European Commission’s DG Trade offer a more accurate means of imposing necessary trade tariffs on imported solar cells and modules.
Joint letter from 50 solar PV organizations in Europe sent to policymakers of all EU member states to serve as reminder of the importance of PV manufacturing in the continent.
Speaking on the occasion of the EU-China Summit, Milan Nitzschke, presideut of EU ProSun, issues warning that China state-influence in the solar industry is nefarious and directly responsible for job losses in Europe.
The Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxemburg this week confirmed the validity of the import duties, rejecting all complaints from 26 PV manufacturers. In the opinion of the judges the measures are necessary to compensate damage caused to the European solar industry by dumped imports from China.
Two important votes on the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy trade measures against solar cell and module imports from China took place amongst the Anti-Dumping and Anti-Subsidy Committee of the EU Member States yesterday, during which the committee voted to approve the proposed extension of anti-subsidy measures, but voted to oppose the extension of the anti-dumping measures.
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