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  1. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    To kill a promising new industry, just subsidise it

    Posted May 10th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... Tom Holland When it comes to the mainland's massive solar panel assistance, everyone loses, including the domestic producers facing debt defaults To kill a promising new industry, just subsidise it Three years ago, bosses at US company First Solar boasted that their thin film photovoltaic panel factory near Frankfurt am Oder in Germany was the world's most ...

  2. Business - China Business

    US solar panel duties could cost it China market

    Posted Nov 10th 2012, 08:36pm by Reuters in Beijing

    ... Reuters in Beijing The US decision to approve steep duties on Chinese-made solar panels could cost American exporters a growing market, Chinese Commerce Minister Chen Deming said ... that a flood of cheap solar panels from China had hurt US-based manufacturers. Similar cases are under way in Germany. China has already struck back by launching an investigation into imports ...

  3. Business - China Business - ENERGY

    Beijing sets targets for off-grid solar power development

    Posted Sep 27th 2012, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... the 2011-15 industry development blueprint, according to state media. The development, which comes at a time when overseas demand for solar panels is weak and industry overcapacity and losses are severe, would help domestic solar panels and parts makers, but analysts said implementation would be difficult since such projects' power sales would effectively bypass the powerful power ...

  4. Business - China Business

    Struggling Chinese makers of solar panels turn themselves into customers by building solar farms

    Posted Nov 08th 2013, 03:38pm by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Hong Kong China’s loss-making makers of solar panels believe they may have found a way out of their nightmare – by becoming one-stop renewable energy shops with their own solar farms. Manufacturers of solar panels, hit hard by the scaling back of solar-power subsidies in Europe, are taking advantage of a new package of government subsidies at home and diversifying ...

  5. Business - Companies

    Beijing to give glut-weary solar panel makers tax breaks

    Posted Sep 30th 2013, 11:11am by Reuters

    ... top 10 solar panel makers are up to 100 billion yuan (HK$126 billion) in debt, with an average debt to asset ratio above 70 per cent. Beijing has said it wants to consolidate the industry, ... in mid-September, weeks after three directors left amid the solar panel maker’s efforts to restructure its debt. Suntech’s Chinese lenders dragged its unit Wuxi Suntech into insolvency proceedings after ...

  6. Business - Companies - ENERGY

    GCL shares shine as solar panel demand drives profit turnaround

    Posted Aug 29th 2014, 01:08pm by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com Shares of GCL-Poly Energy, the world’s largest producer of solar panel raw materials polysilicon and solar wafers, rose 4.5 per cent to HK$2.80 in morning trade ... by the United States against mainland Chinese and Taiwanese manufacturers have hurt their profits, it expects global solar panel demand to grow to between 40,000 and 45,000 megawatts this year from ...

  7. Business - Companies - TRADE

    EU launches probe into China's dumping of solar products

    Posted Sep 07th 2012, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... solar dumping by China The European Union has launched a probe into alleged dumping of solar panels and parts by mainland producers at below-market prices and in quantities that have purportedly ... the primary raw material for making solar panels and parts, by EU manufacturers. A group of mainland polysilicon makers urged the ministry last month to take action. After an anti-dumping complaint ...

  8. Business - Commodities - TRADE DISPUTES

    US broke WTO rules with duties on Chinese steel, solar panels, judges find

    Posted Jul 15th 2014, 10:06am by Reuters

    ... Reuters in Geneva World Trade Organisation judges said on Monday the United States broke WTO rules in imposing hefty duties on Chinese steel products, solar panels and a range of other goods that Washington argues enjoyed government subsidies. In a similar case involving US methods in deciding when foreign imports are unfairly priced, another WTO panel ruled in support of some ...

  9. Business - Economy - COMMENT

    Best to let the sunshine in without any harmful tariffs

    Posted May 31st 2013, 12:00am by Reuters

    ... The European Commission, the EU's executive, has accused Chinese firms of selling solar panels at below cost in Europe, a practice known as "dumping", and has announced plans to impose ... Beijing has also wielded a stick, launching last year a study on imposing its own tit-for-tat duties on imports of European polysilicon, the raw ingredient of solar panels. Officials ratcheted up ...

  10. Business - China Business - TRADE

    Loopholes likely to soften solar panel tariff war

    Posted Jun 15th 2013, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... Eric Ng eric.mpng@scmp.com As Beijing looks at tit-for-tat duties against the EU over alleged dumping of solar panel products, analysts say their impact may be limited Loopholes likely to soften solar panel tariff war Beijing is tipped to launch retaliatory tariffs soon on European-made polysilicon, the raw material for solar panels, after Brussels slapped preliminary duties ...




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