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Chinese solar panel makers reject U.S. anti-dumping complaints

(Xinhua)

08:16, November 30, 2011

BEIJING, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Fourteen Chinese solar panel producers on Tuesday jointly rejected anti-dumping and anti-subsidy complaints filed by some U.S. manufacturers, calling for the U.S. side to abandon "political and emotional interference" while conducting its investigation into Chinese solar firms.

"The success of China's photovoltaic (PV) industry in the U.S. lies in the advantages it has gained through technological innovation and benefit of scale," Wang Guiqing, vice president of the China Chamber of Commerce for Import and Export of Machinery and Electronic Products, said on behalf of Chinese firms in a press release.

Upon an appeal filed by SolarWorld Industries America and six other undisclosed firms, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) said on Nov. 8 that it would conduct an investigation to determine whether Chinese firms have been selling solar panels in the United States at unfair discounts and receiving illegal government subsidies.

The 14 PV companies, including Suntech Power and Yingli Green Energy, who have decided to jointly raise plea in response to U.S. probe, also rejected allegations that they have been receiving illegal government subsidies.

Shi Zhengrong, CEO of Suntech, said China's PV industry has a cost advantage because Chinese PV firms have seized opportunities of rapidly developing industrial chain, technologies and production scales over the past ten years.

Citing published data indicating that SolarWorld received tax breaks and public subsidies of 43 million U.S. dollars in the United States in one single project in 2007, and got 140 million euros (186.69 million U.S. dollars) of government aids in Europe, Shi said "none of Chinese PV firms has ever received such huge government subsidies."

On allegations that Chinese PV firms have benefited from subsidies through cheap land and loans, Qu Xiaohua, chairman of Canadian Solar,argued that his company got both land-use rights and loans at market prices.

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