(Yicai Global) May 2 -- A petition filed by a US solar panel maker to initiate a global safeguard investigation into photovoltaic cells and modules will harm American industries and employment, China’s commerce ministry said.
The US has launched several anti-dumping and anti-subsidy probes into foreign solar products in recent years to aid domestic firms, the Ministry of Commerce said online. Another inquiry would be considered an abuse of trade relief measures and overprotection of the home industry, it added, saying it was concerned the move would disrupt the normal development of the global industrial chain.
Last year was the US solar markets biggest year ever. Capacity from new installations was 14.8 gigawatts, almost double the year before, taking total capacity to 42.4 gigawatts and boosting employment by 25 percent. Imported photovoltaic products actually have a positive impact on American industries by promoting development and increasing employment, the ministry said.
Solar is a strategic emerging sector relating to global sustainable development, and can help cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve the global climate, it added. Safeguarding free trade in the industry is a shared responsibility of all nations and is in all of their interests. The ministry expressed hope that the US International Trade Commission would consider all factors and make the right decision.
Suniva Inc. filed the petition, otherwise known as a Section 201, the commission said on April 26. The American solar firm hopes to slap a minimum price on solar modules imported into the US.