【EnergyTrend】PV Power Industry Exempt From U.S. Section 301 List

2018-04-08 11:01
The Chinese solar energy industry has uttered a sigh of relief, as it is excluded from the Section 301 product list, publicized by the USTR (Office of the United States Trade Representative) on April 3, meaning that the Sino-U.S. solar-energy trade will still proceed under existing antidumping and countervailing duties, plus Section 201 regulations.


The Section 301 list (https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/Press/Releases/301FRN.pdf ) covers 1,300 product items, including LED, panel, power-generation equipment, metal products, communications products, and transportation equipment, export of which from China to the U.S. will be subject to additional tariffs. The publication of the list removes the concern of Chinese inverter manufacturers (Huawei, Sungrow, Ginlong, GoodWe, and Growatt) for possible coverage of the product under the electromechanical equipment category of Section 301.


This means that China-made solar-energy products will not have to face new trade barriers other than existing antidumping and countervailing duties and blockages related to Section 201.  


In addition, Solar Pv mounting structure products are also one of the key subjects of concern. Stainless steel, aluminum alloy, galvanized carbon steel, and hot-dip zinc are three materials that are often used in Solar Pv mounting, but stainless steel products are expensive and heavy; In terms of aluminum alloy products, they are lighter and cheaper, and their application in pv moutning is far greater than that of stainless steel products. Galvanized carbon steel and hot-dip zinc products are not included in this 301 article list.

【EnergyTrend】PV Power Industry Exempt From U.S. Section 301 List

Aluminum alloy products
EnergyTrend judged that this paragraph 301 clearly lists 76061030/76061260/76069230/76069260 - aluminum alloy (plate, sheet, strip) products, these products are strictly specified models - thickness of 0.2mm, aluminum products, and in The aluminum alloy material used in the Solar Pv mounting needs the thickness and mechanical strength of the bracket to meet the requirements of the standard. The basic thickness is greater than or equal to 2.2 mm, and it has good corrosion resistance and wind resistance so as to maintain the service life of 25 years. Therefore, the use of aluminum alloy materials for Solar Pv mounting structure is not included in this 301-item list.

Incidentally, in the cost of photovoltaic power plants, the proportion of the stents to the total cost is 6%.

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