The EU launched an anti dumping investigation into Chinese solar panels on September 6 and is expected to announce the result on June 6 whilst an anti subsidy probe into Chinese panels is expected to announce a decision on August 8.
Overall, the projects include a one MW photovoltaic plant in north east Thailand, which is already operational, and five plants, totaling 29 MW in the central provinces of Chachaengsao, Prachin Buri, and Nakan Sawan, said to be in the late stages of development. They are expected to be completed by the end of 2014, and project sizes will range, with the smallest being three MW.
Despite these complications, Power-One expects sales to supply many tens of MW to Chinese projects in the first half of 2013. The firm, which also has manufacturing in the U.S. and Italy, supplies the Chinese market in part through a partnership with state-owned module manufacturer and project developer Phono Solar. The partnership sees Power-One supplying its modules to around 50% of Phono Solar's projects in China.
The European Commission will send out questionnaires to various interested parties, such as exporting producers, Union producers, importers, and associations for information relating to the exports, production, sales, and imports of solar glass, in order to establish if subsidization has taken place and whether the injury claimed is a result of the subsidized imports.
Swiss automation and technology group ABB has secured a $25m contract to supply electrical and control systems for a 75MW PV power plant in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.