The US Department of Commerce has announced duties of up to 165% on Chinese modules, and as high as 50% for some top producers.
PV Tech summarises the reaction to the latest raft of duties.
Liansheng Miao, chairman and CEO, Yingli Green Energy:
“Despite the constraints posed by these ongoing legal proceedings, we remain deeply committed to the US market and our customers. This latest decision only perpetuates the uncertainty currently plaguing the American solar marketplace at a time when its growth trajectory is unprecedented. We are determined to prevail, thereby enabling American businesses, homeowners, and utilities to benefit from highly competitive solar solutions.”
— Pamela Cargill (@chaolyst) December 16, 2014
Mukesh Dulani, US president of SolarWorld:
“These remedies come just in time to enable the domestic industry to return to conditions of fair trade. The tariffs and scope set the stage for companies to create new jobs and build or expand factories on US soil. We also offer our profound gratitude to the 250 employers and 25,000 workers in the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing who publicly stood with us through this protracted crisis. They can be assured that SolarWorld will not shrink from its obligation to ensure their workers can participate in fierce but fair competition.”
Comment paraphrasing unnamed official from Chinese Ministry of Finance and Commerce’s trade remedy investigations bureau:
“…The US ruling has further exacerbated trade disputes between the two countries’ PV products, seriously damaged the trade and industrial cooperation between the two countries. Chinese companies have expressed strong dissatisfaction, and Chinese government has expressed grave concern.
“The official stressed that the PV industry is a strategic emerging industry that relates to the global sustainable development. Proper solutions for trade frictions on PV products and promoting for stronger industry talks and cooperation between nations would help the healthy development of new energy field worldwide”
Jigar Shah, president of the Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy:
“Today’s decision by the US Department of Commerce to further tax solar panels from China, even those with key components made in the US, will undercut the growth of American solar jobs, hurt the American solar industry and make it more difficult for solar technology to compete against fossil fuels. These unnecessary taxes inhibit competition and put upward pressure on solar panel prices needed by US homeowners, installers, and utilities. Taxing solar trade undermines both the spirit and efficacy of pledges made by the US and China to work together in the battle against global warming. Hundreds of megawatts of solar projects remain unrealized due to deleterious solar trade barriers in the US, China, Europe and globally.
Rhone Resch, CEO of the US Solar Energy Industries Association:
“Unfortunately, today’s ill-advised and unprecedented decision will harm many and benefit few. We remain steadfast in our opposition because of the adverse impact punitive tariffs will have on the future progress of America’s solar energy industry. It’s time to end this costly dispute, and we’ll continue to do our part to help find a win-win solution.”
Jason Huang, research manager, EnergyTrend on likely winners and losers among the manufacturers that have looked to build manufacturing capacity outside China:
“Considering the market supply and demand changes, Hanhwa SolarOne is believed to be the most positive one [sic], with its recent announcement of expanding its module plant above 2GW capacity in South Korea, while other Chinese makers have also established module plants in Europe, Canada, South Africa, Malaysia, India, Japan and Turkey and others.”
More to follow…