European PV installers are divided over the topic of Chinese anti-dumping and countervailing duties with just 44% of those questioned stating that they were in favour of them, a survey conducted by EuPD Research reveals.
In early November, the EU launched an investigation into imports of solar panels from China into the EU as a response to a claim filed by the European manufacturers collectively known as EU ProSun. As highlighted in an article in PV-Tech’s sister publication Solar Business Focus, many believe that the EC will follow in the US’ footsteps and proceed with some sort of action against Chinese manufacturers.
The EU is now examining the option of introducing anti-dumping duties on Chinese solar cell imports and the modules manufactured from them in order to protect European PV markets. But the action to impose such duties is splitting the industry – manufacturers as well as installers.
As part of the survey, EuPD Research asked for the views of 875 installers located in four major European solar markets — Germany, Italy, the UK and France. Of the 875 installers surveyed, over 85% were aware of the case filed by European manufacturers. Although 44% were in favour of the countervailing duties, an almost equal proportion of 42% took the opposite view.
Markus Lohr, Senior Analyst at EuPD Research, pointed out that “while those who favour countervailing duties argue in moral and normative terms, the majority of opponents cite economic reasons in their arguments”.