Chinese PV Manufacturing Falling on Hard Times

posted May 18, 2012, 9:37 AM by Steven B. Reeves   [ updated Nov 8, 2012, 1:41 PM ]
UPDATE: The U.S. Department of Commerce made its final determination, Chinese manufactures have been found guilty of importing crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules into the U.S. at dumping margins of between 18.32 and 249.96%. Antidumping (AD) and countervailing (CV) duties will be applied to all crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, modules, laminates and panels coming into the U.S. from China (see Table below).

 

AD preliminary

AD final

CVD preliminary

CVD final

Less export subsidy

Total

Trina

31.14

18.32

4.73

15.97

10.54

23.75

Suntech

31.22

31.73

2.9

14.78

10.54

35.97

59 exporters

31.18

25.96

3.61

15.24

10.54

30.66

Remaining exporters

249.96

249.96

3.61

15.24

10.54

254.66


Along with the strong consolidation of the Chinese PV and solar cell manufacturing companies, the US Department of Commerce plans to impose new anti-dumping duties on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules imported from China.
The imposed preliminary margins are: 31.14% for Trina Solar, 31.22% for Suntech, 31.18% for 59 other producers and 249.96% for all other Chinese solar manufacturers.

Piling on more pain for the Chinese manufacturers, US Senators Charles Schumer (NY) and Sherrod Brown (OH) have introduced legislation that will require PV system owners to use domestically produced solar modules to receive the 30% Investment Tax Credit (ITC) or the 30% Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit. Under the proposal, 70% of the parts of qualifying solar panels will have to be made in the US. Alternatively, if the solar panels are manufactured in the US, 50% of their parts would have to be US-made.

Currently Italy, India, Canada, and France have domestic content requirements for government supported credits/FITS to the PV industry. Other countries considering domestic content requirements include Saudi Arabia (expected to install 16GW of PV) and Germany (the largest PV market in the world).

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