With all the recent communications from both the solar industry itself as well as a number of MEPs  you would be forgiven for thinking that maybe the anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties on solar panels and modules from China might be on their way out next year. However, yesterday the European Commission proposed that the measures should be extended for a further two years once the current scheme ends in March 2017.

 It seems almost beyond comprehension that such a relatively small cohort of European suppliers with such limited market share can drive a measure that has such widespread potential impact on the solar deployment and carbon reduction targets.  To the outside eye, this is not correcting a market distortion but creating one.  Add us to the overwhelming list of voices calling for its abolition.   A substantial reduction in the MIP level is of course better than nothing, but it is mere softening of an unjustifiably protectionist stance, which overlooks the broader benefit in favour of a few uneconomic lobbyists. 

The extension of the measures are only a recommendation at this stage and still need to be approved by MEPs in the first few months of next year before anything can be finalised. So, yet another period of uncertainty for solar developers in Europe.

Merry Christmas. Unless you're in favour of extended minimum import pricing. In which case, bah.....humbug.