China accuses U.S. of violating rules

The solar trade war heated up when China’s Commerce Ministry published a preliminary finding that state renewable energy polices in the U.S. violates free-trade regulations.

China’s move follows the U.S. Department of Commerce’s preliminary ruling on May 17 that hit Chinese solar manufacturers with steep tariffs, finding they illegally dumped cheap photovoltaic cells on the American market. The unfair trade complaint was brought by the U.S. subsidiary of Germany’s SolarWorld with the support of other companies, four of which refuse to be identified. A final decision on the complaint is due Nov. 23.

The dispute has divided the U.S. solar industry, with some solar manufacturers squaring off against installers who have benefited from a steep plunge in the price of photovoltaic cells and modules over the past three years.

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