The minimum price level agreed by China and the EU is delaying grid parity in key European markets, according to Jinko Solar’s director for the region.
Frank Niendorf, the module maker’s director for Europe, told PV Tech that the minimum import price (MIP) had stalled the region’s solar market.
“Outside the UK, all other markets, Germany, France, Spain, they are down. They have decreased so significantly there is no comparison to [their performance] in past years – and it is due to the MIP. If we offered modules at the same price level in other markets we’d have grid parity in a number of European markets without any need for subsidies. That’s the frustrating part that is destroying the industry right now,” he claimed.
“The MIP artificially keeps up the overall cost and system prices all over Europe. We have to comply with it and follow the rules set by Brussels. But if you compare the situation in Germany, France and the UK and the price level we have outside Europe say in Turkey or South America, we’re talking about a difference of 25-30% cheaper modules outside Europe than inside.
“If this MIP were to fall apart from one day to the next, all of a sudden we’d see a price level in Europe that would enable our customers in different markets all of a sudden to catch up again and turnaround [their business]. “…We can only hope Brussels will understand that Europe is completely losing by giving up its former technology leadership role,” he added.