A total of 1,024 company representatives from the European photovoltaic industry have sent an open letter to European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, expressing their strong concerns about the potential outcome of the commission's anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigation against Chinese solar manufacturers.
The letter highlights the negative effects of possible duties on the growth of solar energy in the European Union (EU), as well as on job creation in Europe. According to the Alliance for Affordable Solar Energy, which opposes potential tariffs, the harm to the upstream and downstream suppliers – which account for 70% of the PV supply chain's value in the EU – would outweigh benefits to EU PV producers.
The signatories have called on the European Commission to refrain from imposing anti-dumping and/or countervailing duties and allow the EU PV chain to develop and grow. Representatives from familiar industry names, such as juwi, ReneSola, Enfinity, Danfoss and others, are among the signatories.
The full letter can be found here.