We have long been of the view that anti-subsidy and anti-dumping duties are a disproportionate measure to protect a small cabal of interests from the European module manufacturing industry, in light of the repressive effect they have on the industry as a whole. Reductions in the key costs of solar installations would give a massive and much-needed boost to the volume of installations, and in light of criticism of the UK for failing to meet modest carbon reduction targets, this should be welcomed.
If, as it's indicated, some form of compromise is brokered which results in a substantial reduction to the MIP, then this would of course be welcome, but I wonder whether extensions of these measures then encourage the ProSun lobby to turn towards other increasingly-efficient manufacturing territories, such as India and Vietnam?
in the meantime, let's hope the supply chain costs for solar in the EU can be pushed down and a new wave of parity solar developments can get funding and more importantly, get building.
We have been campaigning for the end of these trade measures for the last 18 months, and are pleased that the Member States have sent a strong rebuke to DG Trde for not taking account of the interests of the European solar industry,” commented SolarPower Europe President Oliver Schaefer. “We hope that the Commission will now review their proposal and through the appeal process substantially revise their approach.”It is important to note, however, that while SolarPower Europe has been the chief proponent of removing the duties, other voices within the European solar industry have been strongly in favor of keeping the duties, particularly EU ProSun. This alternative solar association believes that the measures have been adjusted effectively, and fully expects the new proposal to be implemented.