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For the past three years the U.S. and Chinese have been waging a solar war which was brought about by the Chinese solar manufacturers flooding U.S. markets with more affordable solar panels than that of local U.S. solar manufacturers. This was due to Chinese solar manufacturers receiving government subsidies which allowed them to manufacture at a much more competitive price than that of their competitors. This is no new news, but the financial impact that this dispute has brought to light, is a new development. Due to the anti dumping duties put in place by the U.S. on solar imports from China to give their local manufacturers a fighting chance, this has brought down Chinese sales which in turn has now forced them to push up solar prices to make up for the losses.   It is estimated that there could be an increase of up to 14% which will be felt all over the world due to China being the biggest manufacturer and supplier of Solar products. The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued a preliminary decision in June 2014 to increase tariffs to between 19% and 35% for various Chinese solar manufacturers. The final decision is to be made this month.

The standards authority in the USA,  Underwiters Laboratory [ UL ] is also providing certification for PV panels to meet the latest standards for building and residential codes for fire classification as part of UL1703. This new fire classification mandates several tests to be performed to limit the spread of flames and resistance to burning. This will be reflected as a Class A, B or C rating of the panels to indicate their resistance to external fire exposure. These requirements [in the USA] will become effective from 2016,  however some states will be implementing this earlier. Products therefore not tested and rated by that date will not be eligible for use in those states. Again this will put pressure on the potential sales of imported panels and could well add to the price increases from the Chinese mentioned earlier.  

Source:

UL Global Newsletter: www.ul-energy.com

http://www.forbes.com/sites/uciliawang/2014/06/19/report-u-s-trade-dispute-will-inflict-pains-on-chinese-solar-manufacturers/

http://www.greentechmedia.com/research/report/the-2014-u.s.-china-solar-trade-dispute

http://enforcement.trade.gov/download/factsheets/factsheet-prc-crystalline-silicon-photovoltaic-prod-cvd-prelim-060314.pdf

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