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Solar panel tariffs 'would hit end-users'

30 May 13 A European Commission proposal to impose import tariffs on solar panels made outside of the EU is being opposed by a leading importer, who claims that it could damage the UK market.

Shaun Taylor, managing director of SolarTech Ltd, concedes that the measure could help protect European manufacturers from dumping but says that consumers would be worse off

He says that the provisional anti-dumping duties, which could come in by 6 June, could add up to 60% to the cost of panels imported from China.

"The proposed levy would deal a severe blow to both our domestic and commercial solar businesses by making it harder and more expensive for potential customers to invest in solar energy," said Mr Taylor. "Not only could it lead to significant job losses across the UK solar industry, but it would make it virtually impossible for the UK to meet its climate obligations."

A provisional decision by the EU Commission is expected by 5 June 2013 and its investigation must be completed by 5 December 2013.

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