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European Union May Cancel The Trade Protection Of Photovoltaic Products This Year, The Installed Capacity Will Reach 11GW?
- Jun 04, 2018 -

The economic and Commercial Counsellor's office of the People's Republic of China Embassy in Holland recently quoted Euroactive as saying that the EU's trade protection measures to China's solar panels and solar cells will expire on September 2018, and the European Commission's judicial and consumer general department recommends the abolition of antidumping measures for China's photovoltaic products. The news was also confirmed by China's Ministry of Commerce.

From the 2012 EU Commission on the anti-dumping investigation of China's photovoltaic products, PV cells and components exported to Europe in China are facing an average of 47.6%, and the highest anti-dumping duty of 67.9%. Since the downstream market at that time has not yet started, the policy of benchmarking has not yet been issued, Europe can say that China's largest export market of photovoltaic enterprises, anti dumping, countervailing to make domestic enterprises miserable.

In the two quarter of 2012, the gross profit rate was only 4.6%, the ring fell 3.2 percentage points, and the net loss increased from 45 million US dollars to 90 million 200 thousand US dollars. From the 2012 performance, the gross profit rate was 3.2% and the net loss was up to $491 million 900 thousand.

Other photovoltaic enterprises have not been spared in this storm. Trina Solar's net loss in the two quarter of 2012 was US $92 million 100 thousand, much higher than the US $29 million 800 thousand in the first quarter. In the words of Wang Bohua, Secretary General of the China Photovoltaic Industry Association, under the pressure of trade protection, the photovoltaic enterprises were forced to turn from "two outside" to the domestic market, thus bringing up the scale of our country's PV installed at the end of 2017 by the end of 2017, ranking first in the world for five consecutive years, occupying the world for three years in a row. The number of accumulative installed size is the first.

With the signing of the Paris agreement, the implementation of clean energy transformation and the construction of renewable energy power generation projects have become the trend of the times. France announced plans to stop issuing licenses to new oil and gas mining projects and gradually replace nuclear power with renewable energy such as photovoltaic and wind power to reduce dependence on the latter. The German "Agora energy transition" think tank reported that Germany's renewable energy generation accounted for about 33.1% in 2017 and continued to rise. The United Kingdom closed the last coal mine in 2015, through the green card system, to provide subsidies and safeguards for renewable energy projects. In order to reduce the cost of electricity, let the public use low price renewable energy, cancel trade protection and encourage market competition is the common demand of Chinese and European PV enterprises.


According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) statistics, in 2017, the renewable energy industry created more than 500 thousand new jobs for the world, with more than 10 million people working. In the field of subdivision, the number of employment in the photovoltaic industry has increased by 9% to 3 million 400 thousand, of which there are about 100 thousand in Germany, Turkey, the UK, Italy and other European countries, a slight decrease over the previous year. SOA photovoltaic network believes that with the opening of the European photovoltaic products trade, the number of the employment of component manufacturing enterprises is expected to continue to decrease, but the number of employment in the downstream installation, operation and maintenance will be significantly increased, and the overall employment situation has been warmer.



According to IHSMarkit forecast, this year, European Photovoltaic additional installed or will reach 11GW; China Merchants Securities analysts believe that the photovoltaic demand in France, Holland, Spain will increase substantially, join the GW level market team. Considering that domestic photovoltaic power plants and distributed photovoltaic policies are tightening up, it may be a good choice to re force the European market.

The following is the original information of the Ministry of commerce :

Euroactive published an article on China EU photovoltaic trade. The article said that the EU's trade protection measures to China's solar panels and solar cells will expire on September 2018, and the European Commission will decide whether to revoke or extend these measures.

According to the research done by the judicial and consumer General of the European Commission in 2017, the liberalization of trade protection measures to import solar products from China will increase investment in the photovoltaic industry, which is expected to increase by 20 to 30% of the photovoltaic capacity by 2030, and the EU Commission's judicial and consumer general also recommends the cancellation of photovoltaic production in China. Antidumping measures. A similar conclusion was drawn by the November 2017 Ernst & Young research report that the cancellation of current anti-dumping measures will help to increase the employment rate in the solar sector and create 45000 extra jobs in the EU.