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Solar power war between U.S. and Asia escalates

Lucas Mearian | July 29, 2014
On the positive side, with the influx of cheap solar cells, the U.S. will be able to achieve its six-gigawatt installation goal this year

While it was not hit quite as hard as China, the tariffs on Taiwan are likely to cause that nation to lose many PV orders in the U.S. due to the higher prices, TrendForce said.

"Overall, it will be a huge challenge to relevant makers in the future," said Arthur Hsu, a research manager for EnergyTrend. "Manufacturers cannot absorb the extra [anti-dumping] tariffs simply through adjusting procurement or production processes."

The tariffs will specifically hurt Taiwan's high-efficiency products, since those are the only ones that have competitive advantages in the U.S., TrendForce stated in a news release. Among all of Taiwan's PV cell producers, Motech Industries had the highest tax rates imposed on it. As a result, Motech may reconsider shipments to the U.S., Hsu said.

 

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