China's solar firms consider response to U.S. probe

|By:, SA News Editor

Chinese solar firms are said to be weighing a response to U.S. anti-dumping and anti-subsidy investigations on imports of silicon solar PV products from China and Taiwan (TAN; KWT).

The disputes with the U.S. come after China last year resolved similar disputes with the EU, which accused China of undercutting European competitors by selling solar panels at below-cost price.

Chinese PV makers have issued strong protests, and a senior executive at Yingli Solar (YGE) reportedly says the first step is to reduce the scope of products being investigated.

The U.S. has become the second-largest market for YGE, with U.S. shipments taking 27% of its total output, surpassing Europe; ~10% of Jinko Solar's (JKS) production now goes to North America, becoming one of its three top markets.