United States solar module prices expected to normalise complying with AD/CVD petition decision

Nov 17, 2021 04:10 PM ET
  • Prices for solar modules in the US are anticipated to normalise following recently's rejection of a petition bordering declared circumvention of anti-dumping and also countervailing tasks (AD/CVD).
United States solar module prices expected to normalise complying with AD/CVD petition decision
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However any stabilisation of prices is expected to take some time, with the "causal sequence" of the petition still influencing solar production.

PV Tech's PV Price Watch function, which tracks components of prices in the solar value chain weekly, recorded the boosting prices for solar modules last week, reporting quotes over of US$ 0.31 c/W for the US market. PV Price Watch is special to PV Tech Costs subscribers, and also visitors can delight in a 45% discount rate on an annual subscription up until twelve o'clock at night tomorrow (18 November 2021) by utilizing the code BLACKFRIDAY on checkout.

Talking With PV Tech, George Hershman, chief executive officer at leading United States solar programmer and O&M company SOLV Energy, formerly referred to as Swinerton Renewable Energy, said the petition had actually verified to be a "considerable headwind" for the market and also one which "froze the market" as soon as it was revealed in August.

Hershman included that module schedule for the United States market retracted with manufacturers frightened of retroactive tariffs. Procurement agreements were left anonymous and also the flow of solar modules to the US from Southeast Asia was considerably stemmed.

Recently's decision from the Department of Commerce to deny the petition-- although petitioners American Solar Manufacturers Against Chinese Circumvention (A-SMACC) have actually worried they can yet re-file-- has actually eliminated unpredictability and, Hershman claimed, normalised rates.

"However I do not believe that's mosting likely to happen tomorrow ... It reached a point where module makers were stopping production because they could not ship item ... [currently] it refers getting that item out as well as beginning those manufacturing facilities once again. Sadly, there's a ripple effect on this," Hershman claimed.

The elimination of the danger of new tariffs on imports from Southeast Asia has, nonetheless, allowed the solar industry to work together on other issues influencing module supply to the US, most especially the Withhold Release Order (WRO) on polysilicon items originating from Hoshine Silicon Industry and its subsidiaries.

Delays are, however, additionally routinely being created as a result of issues at certain US ports, with First Solar reporting previously this month that deliveries from its factories in Asia were using up to 90 days to make it to North America.

Nevertheless, verification that modules can currently flow from Southeast Asia to the United States is being commemorated by programmers. "Right now we have projects that know they're going to have a flow of modules. We still need to address some of the port issues so that we can actually get shipments promptly, yet a minimum of we understand they're going on to a ship," Hershman stated.

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