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EU sees sense and moves against Chinese solar tariff, a boost to adoption

EU nations have rejected a plan to extend tariffs on Chinese solar panels. Some 18 member states voted to reject the European Commission’s proposal to extend tariffs on Chinese solar. Many felt that the tariff had been stifling the adoption of solar panels in Europe, and had also been costly for European governments, trying to meet renewable energy generation targets. The European Commission had originally placed tariffs on Chinese solar panels back in 2013, causing a large amount of tension between the world’s two largest trading blocs. The tariff split opinion amongst EU states and Europe’s solar sector. Solar advocates believe that the change will see increased adoption of solar panels, and complimentary smart grid technologies. The other major cost…

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