SolarWorld's China complaint widens to Europe
The trade complaint against China launched last year by SolarWorld's U.S. division based in Hillsboro, is widening to the European Union according to reports this week.
A group of solar companies led by Germany's SolarWorld AG has filed an anti-dumping complaint against rival Chinese solar companies with the European Commission, according to a report in Reuters.
SolarWorld declined to comment to Rueters, saying it plans to issue a news release later this week.
The complaint would run parallel to a similar process spearheaded in the U.S. by SolarWorld Industries America Inc., the solar panel-maker's Hillsboro-based U.S. subsidiary.
Bloomberg reported that shares of SolarWorld AG were on the rise Wednesday on reports of the complaint, rising as much as 4 percent on the Frankfurt exchange.
In his report for Forbes, Todd Woody points out that the "solar trade war is looking like a solar civil war as Chinese manufacturers and U.S. solar installers such as SolarCity, Sungevity and SunRun line up against SolarWorld."
In a statement, the anti-complaint group, the Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy, said: "Like a crazed agent provocateur, SolarWorld is fueling global solar industry infighting for its own selfish interest."
The U.S. Commerce Department in May ruled that it would impose duties on panels imported from China as a result of the SolarWorld-led complaint.
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