Posts Tagged ‘ solar subsidies ’

Consequences Of U.S. Commerce Department’s Solar Anti-Subsidy Decision

Jan 3rd, 2013 | By

Earlier this week, the U.S. Commerce Department released a preliminary decision on countervailing on imports of solar cells from China, which will result in import duties ranging from 2.9% to 4.73% for Suntech Power (STP) and Trina Solar (TSL) respectively. All other Chinese exporters are subject to an import duty of 3.61%. While the initial tariff imposition is much lower than widely expected by industry observers, it sends a wrong message, which could lead to greater solar industry trade friction between China and the U.S. The overall effect could result in an incrementally negative impact for U.S. solar-related companies.

Solarausbau und Solarförderung werden in Italien drastisch gekürzt

Apr 17th, 2012 | By

Die Regierung Monti bestätigt die Absicht, die Entwicklung der Photovoltaik zu beenden. Das demnächst geltende fünfte »Conto Energia« zielt auf das Ende der Photovoltaik in Italien. Die Bestätigung dieser Interpretation der ersten Textentwürfe durch den PHOTON Newsletter am 23. und 26. März kam von den zwei mit der Solarförderung betrauten Minister für Wirtschaftliche Entwicklung, Corrado Passera und für Umwelt, Corrado Clini, die gemeinsam am Abend ihre Vorschläge für die zwei neuen interministeriellen Verordnungen für die Photovoltaik und für die anderen Erneuerbaren Energien vorstellten.

Kassiert Solarworld Subventionen ab?

Apr 3rd, 2012 | By

Solarworld-Chef Frank Asbeck gibt den Kämpfer für fairen Wettbewerb. Dabei ist Deutschlands Branchenprimus selbst einer der größten Subventionsempfänger, auch in den USA. Frank Asbeck gilt als Strahlemann der deutschen Solarbranche. Doch das Lächeln weicht dem 52-jährigen Chef des Bonner Solarmodulherstellers Solarworld langsam aus dem pausbackigen Gesicht. Preisverfall, Werksschließungen, Wertberichtigungen und Verluste in dreistelliger Millionen-Euro-Höhe verfinstern die Miene des Gründers und Miteigentümers des bekanntesten deutschen Solarunternehmens. Wie zuvor Solon, Q-Cells, Solar Millennium oder Conergy gerät nun auch Solarworld in Bedrängnis.

SolarWorld Disappointed – US Government Decided to Impose Tariffs for Chinese Solar Manufacturers

Mar 21st, 2012 | By
Commercial rooftop solar panels boost efficency

The U.S. Department of Commerce concluded yesterday that the Chinese government is improperly subsidizing solar manufacturers, so the United States will impose countervailing duties ranging from 2.9 percent to 4.73 percent on Chinese-made solar panels and cells.

Prospects for the Solar Future Belgium II – Interview with Edwin Koot

Mar 19th, 2012 | By
Solar Future - SOLARPLAZA Steve Koot

In 2010, Belgium was one of the 10 largest PV markets in the world. In 2011, compensations for certificates were substantially reduced. Solar Efficiency for the Future asked Edwin Koot, CEO of SOLARPLAZA, if the market can and will grow any further in 2012 and the following years? What will the Belgian and international market and industry look like for the following years?

Thousands of US Jobs at Risk. US Solar CEOs Call on President to Negotiate with China Over Solar Trade Issues

Mar 2nd, 2012 | By
Solar Efficency - US President Barak Obama at the DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center

In a letter sent today to President Barack Obama, CEOs of 45 US solar energy companies strongly urged the President in his meeting with China’s Vice President Xi Jinping “to discuss the mutual benefits of renewable energy development, especially solar photovoltaic technology.” The 45 CEOs represent a cross-section of the US solar industry employing thousands of US workers in 19 states.

EU leaders call for growth plan in Europe, open markets and energy efficiency

Mar 2nd, 2012 | By

European leaders have written a letter to Brussels urging the EU’s economic policies to become more growth focused ahead of a March 1 summit. The letter can be found in Internet : We meet in Brussels at a perilous moment for economies across Europe. Growth has stalled. Unemployment is rising. Citizens and businesses are facing their toughest conditions for years. As many of our major competitor economies grow steadily out of the gloom of the recent global crisis, financial market turbulence and the burden of debt renders the path to recovery in Europe much harder to climb.

Trina Solar nimmt Stellung zu Antidumping-Vorwürfen

Feb 21st, 2012 | By
Foto of Ben Hill, Trina Solar - Solar Efficiency for the future

Im Handelsblatt bezieht Ben Hill, Europa-Chef des chinesischen Solarkonzerns Trina Solar Stellung und zeigt sich enttäuscht von der Abwehrreaktion von SolarWorld und seinen Koalitionspartnern. In den USA ist bereits eine Klage gegen chinesische Hersteller anhängig, ihnen wirft die sogenannte CASM (Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing) vor, Solarmodule zu Dumpingpreisen auf den Markt zu bringen. Für Europa hat Frank Asbeck, Chef von SolarWorld eine ähnliche Klage angekündigt.

PV demand picking up

Feb 14th, 2012 | By

While Germany is planning a new type of cap for subsidies, rising demand for modules made solar stocks gain the most in a month yesterday after Deutsche Bank AG said major Asian manufacturers are running at full capacity. In fact, demand is expected to jump this year: China is poised to double its solar capacity for the second year in a row and UK is targeting PV installations of 22 GW by 2020, more than 20 times the current level. Specially these days that Feed In Tariffs are being cut all around, innovation remains key for module manufacturers to consolidate and to be competitive. In fact, some prices of Europe brand solar modules dropped 10-25% in recent months.

Steering mechanism replaces ‘flexible cap’ – New explanation for the German solar subsidy exit strategy

Feb 7th, 2012 | By
Phillip Rösler (FDP), German Federal Ministry of Economics

pv magazine discusses the explanatory statement of Phillip Rösler (FDP), German Federal Ministry of Economics. pv magazine points out that the ministry still remains unclear if the actual construction target of the Federal Government is 33.3 or 52 gigawatts (GW) of installed photovoltaic capacity.