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New Emerging Markets and Growth Forecasts for the Two-Year Period 2013-2014 as the first Global Solar Summit opens

Strong Reactions to news of The European Commission's Proposal for Trade Duties on Chinese Photovoltaic Equipment

(PresseBox) (Milan, ) On the day the European Commission proposed that its 27 Member States should impose trade duties on solar panels imported from China, the first Global Solar Summit got underway and will continue tomorrow in Milan at the Fiera Milano-Rho with the staging of Solarexpo-The Innovation Cloud.

In the opening session, moderated by Jenny Chase of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a debate flared up on the trade disputes between European and China with speeches by Rhone Resch of SEIA, Reinhold Buttgereit of EPIA, Milan Nitzsche of EU ProSun, Paulette Vander Schueren of AFASE, along with Guangbin Sun of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce.

Reinhold Buttgereit, General Secretary of Epia, the European Photovoltaic Industry Association, said: "We cannot ignore the major trade conflict now underway but nor can we overlook the fact that the growth of renewables will increasingly be achieved outside Europe, driven by the Asian economies. The golden period for solar energy is not over, but we need rules."

EU ProSun and Afase took opposing positions. "China is burning up millions of euros in Europe and is destroying the best solar industry sector in the world due to price dumping," said Milan Nitzsche, Chairman of EU ProSun.

But Paulette Vander Schueren, spokesperson for Afase, countered: "We will be risking a fall of 85% in orders," explaining that the lowering of prices is part of the destiny of solar energy, a technology that is changing and being transformed with great rapidity.

This was also the view of Guangbin Sun, General Secretary of the solar division for the Chinese Chamber of Commerce: "If exports from China are impeded, the consequences will fall on the costs of European products. Nevertheless, we are willing to collaborate and maintain a dialogue in order to bring our production in line with market demand."

The first session of the Global Solar Summit was devoted to presenting the development scenario for photovoltaic energy in the coming years. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), while the market in Italy and Europe has undergone a sharp slowdown in the total number of installations, 2013 is shaping up to be better than 2012 on the global scale thanks to the driving force of emerging markets like China, Japan and the USA. The forecasts point to a total number of new installations representing more than 36 GW, against 30.6 GW in 2012. In 2014, the market should exceed 46 GW and more than 53 GW the following year.

The detailed programme for the Global Solar Summit is available online at www.global-solar-alliance.com

Twitter: @GSolarSummit, #GSS2013.

About the GLOBAL SOLAR ALLIANCE:

Established by Solarexpo, SNEC PV Power Expo and Solar Power International, which are among the major exhibitions dedicated to solar energy in Europe, China and the United States, the Global Solar Alliance is the first international chain of events promoting the growth and use of solar energy in favour of a low-carbon economy, facilitating the dissemination of information and awareness of the importance of the issue among trade specialists, public opinion and the political world.

The initiative aims to become an effective platform for debate in order to harmonise the growth of the solar markets on a global scale. At the same time, through broader, targeted membership and new initiatives on the local scale, it intends to act as a powerful catalyst for the development of new, emerging markets for solar technologies, given the growing demand for sustainable energy and the challenges associated with access to energy at the global level.