Solar panels

US to take India to WTO for imposing domestic content rules on solar developers

An Indian boy charges his mobile phone from an electric board powered by solar energy. Photo: Reuters

The United States said on Monday it would take India to the World Trade Organisation to gain a bigger foothold for US manufacturers in its fast-growing solar products market.

Tuesday, 11 February, 2014, 4:57pm

Hollande urges co-operation between Beijing, EU

Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande said yesterday that the European Union must work with China, and called for a balanced resolution to an escalating trade dispute that began with solar panels but has since spread to European wines and cars.

9 Jun 2013 - 8:46am

Negotiation is the best solution to solar panel dispute

Negotiation is the best solution to solar panel dispute. Photo: Xinhua

If China slaps anti-dumping duties on European wines, that should do no harm to Hong Kong's growing role as a free-trade hub for fine wine sales. But the threat of a tit-for-tat trade war that looms behind a Sino-EU trade dispute is too serious to savour such a prospect.

8 Jun 2013 - 2:11am

Best to let the sunshine in without any harmful tariffs

Tariffs on polysilicon imports could hurt Chinese solar panel makers.

Beijing's threat to impose duties on solar power-related products from the European Union would harm its own industry, and appears more likely to be rhetoric in a dispute where both sides will gain from compromise.

31 May 2013 - 4:41am

Angela Merkel and Li Keqiang call for end to EU-China solar trade row

A united front. Both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang say they want to head off a trade war. Photo: Xinhua

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang have both called for an end to a trade row between Europe and China over solar panels and wireless equipment, telling a joint news conference they were both for free trade.

27 May 2013 - 4:42pm 1 comment

US in talks with China, EU to end trade dispute over solar panels

The world's largest economies are trying to stop an escalating dispute over trade in and duties on solar-energy gear. Photo: AFP

The Obama administration is engaged in talks with the European Union and China to settle a dispute over trade in solar-energy equipment and avoid a conflict among the world's largest economies, according to people familiar with the discussions.

22 May 2013 - 5:31am

China mulls import tax on polysilicon after EU decision on solar panels

The EU plans to levy tariffs of as much as 67.9 per cent on solar panels from China. Photo: AFP

China, the world's biggest maker of solar panels, is preparing to set anti-dumping duties on imports of the raw material used to make the equipment after determining it was sold below cost, said two people with direct knowledge of the matter.

17 May 2013 - 4:06am

To kill a promising new industry, just subsidise it

Thanks to China, panel-makers the world over are feeling the heat.

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 efficient.

With production costs of just 81 US cents for each watt of generating capacity, they claimed they could outcompete any other solar panel company in the world, including manufacturers from China.

10 May 2013 - 5:09am 1 comment

China warns EU against protectionism on solar panels

The EU executive on Wednesday proposed heavy anti-dumping tariffs of around 47 per cent on imports of Chinese solar panels. Photo: AFP

Beijing urged the European Union on Thursday to avoid engaging in protectionism, after Brussels proposed an anti-dumping levy on imports of Chinese solar panels.

The EU’s executive arm, the European Commission, is considering a heavy tariff of 47 per cent, an EU source said, as European solar panel makers complain they are being undercut by cheap Chinese imports.

9 May 2013 - 9:16pm

China's solar energy industry may see phoenix-like rise

China's solar energy industry may see phoenix-like rise

China's state subsidies during the past two decades have caused cycles of boom and bust for major companies in multiple industries. The latest is solar energy. The bankruptcy declaration this month by Suntech Power, once the world's largest solar-panel producer by sales, has sent shock waves across the industry.

28 Mar 2013 - 7:11am

Suntech Power in talks with Wuxi government on bailout

Shi Zhengrong, chairman of Suntech Power Holdings. Photo: Bloomberg

Suntech Power, the mainland solar-panel maker with US$541 million in bonds due next month, is talking with the government of Wuxi about the possibility of financial support.

28 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

Solar-panel maker Yingli Green Energy expects gross margin to rise

Yingli Green Energy expects gross margin to rise to as much as 20 per cent this year. Photo: EPA

"Our production costs will decline considerably as new materials and technology are used, economy of scale intensifies and conversion efficiency rises," chief financial officer Bryan Li said in an interview from Baoding, Hebei province, where the company is based.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:20am

Letters to the Editor, January 26, 2013

Street sleepers at the Cultural Centre. Photo: Dickson Lee

We Chinese know English gives us edge

I refer to the letter by Vaughan Rapatahana ("Why this fixation with English?" January 21).

26 Jan 2013 - 5:18am 3 comments

Beijing to help troubled solar industry players

Mainland producers of solar power equipment are facing trade barriers overseas. Photo: AFP

The central government has laid out broad policy directions to support the development of the nascent domestic solar power market as part of efforts to help the troubled solar panels and components manufacturers boost sales in the face of overseas trade barriers.

20 Dec 2012 - 3:19am

US solar panel duties could cost it China market

A staff worker patrols at a photovoltaic power station in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Photo: Xinhua

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 on Saturday, adding that he didn’t want to see a trade war.

10 Nov 2012 - 8:36pm