Price Wars Seen Hurting Solar Sector in China
“Everyone talks about the struggle of the U.S. producers, but it seems like the Chinese producers are in a struggle of their own,” he said.
The Chinese Commerce Ministry has complained repeatedly, most recently in a statement Monday, that renewable energy programs by five state governments in the United States discriminate against imports from China, but it has not said whether it might file a challenge with the World Trade Organization. The ministry is also investigating a complaint from Chinese industry that the United States is exporting polysilicon, the main ingredient for solar panels, at prices below manufacturing costs.
American companies have contended that their polysilicon prices are low because they rely on very inexpensive hydroelectric power in Oregon, and energy is the biggest single cost in polysilicon production.