In an opinion piece for Recharge, Dr. Holger Krawinkel, Spokesman of the Solar Alliance for SAFE (SAFE), comments on the exit of yet another Chinese module producers from the MIP Undertaking applicable in the European Union. Recently, JinkoSolar, one of the largest module producers worldwide, has announced to the leave the Undertaking. Previously, sector giant Trina Solar has also taken this step.
Here is an excerpt of the piece: “Let’s think back: The minimum price system was established to protect European cell and module manufacturers from alleged dumping and other anti-competitive practices by Chinese exporters. However, it wasn’t able to help. A study by IHS has proved that solar manufacturers in China and other Asian countries can produce much cheaper due to simple economic parameters: economies of scale, proximity to supply chains and standardisation. Whereas manufacturers in Asia have successfully extended their lead, top European players are still 20% more expensive.”
The complete article is available here (English).