BEIJING Dec 12 China has raised subsidies for
its solar sector by 7 billion yuan ($1.1 billion) this year to a
total of 13 billion yuan, the government said on Wednesday, the
latest move to help manufacturers hit by excess capacity and
waning foreign demand.
The subsidies will be used to support 5.2 gigawatts of
domestic solar energy production, the finance ministry said in a
statement on its website.
Beijing already provides credit lines and other support to
its solar industry through state-run banks, prompting the U.S.
government to slap steep final duties on billions of dollars of
solar energy products from China.
A group of 25 European solar panel companies also filed a
complaint with the European Commission in September, saying
Chinese rivals were unfairly benefiting from illegal subsidies
and adding to an earlier complaint against Chinese competitors.
China's export-focused solar panel industry has been hit
hard by excess capacity and sliding foreign demand as European
nations reduce subsidies for green power. Panel prices have
fallen by 30 percent this year, virtually erasing firms'
As a result, Chinese producers are increasingly turning to
their home market, which has become one of the world's biggest
for solar energy development.
($1 = 6.2460 Chinese yuan)
(Reporting by Koh Gui Qing; Editing by Andrew Heavens)