Solar power in Europe: Free trade or trade duties?

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This article is part of our special report Sunlight at the end of the tunnel?.

Europe is the most solarised region in the world with 100 gigawatts (GW) of solar power installed. Back in 2013, the European Commission imposed trade defence measures on solar modules and cells imported from China. While module manufacturers welcomed the action, technology manufacturers and developers argued that such a move would drive up the cost of solar panels, leading to a slowdown in the deployment of the technology and job losses across the industry.

In December 2015, the European Commission announced a review of the measures. It is expected to make a decision by early 2017.

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