Could a trade war cripple solar?

New US 'anti-dumping' tariffs have put Chinese solar manufacturers offside and if Europe follows suit, some are warning the repercussions will hurt the whole sector, not just those in China.

China's top solar companies have warned that any punitive action against Chinese cells and modules in Europe would hurt the industry as a whole, suggesting such a move would intensify the current trade war and keep the industry from lowering costs.

Tension between Chinese and western solar groups reached a new peak after the United States imposed duties of 31 percent on solar panel imports last month, ruling in favour of local firms that accused Chinese firms of price dumping.

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