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ARTICLE: Global PV module prices collapse

 

5-10% fall in U.S. module prices

Current U.S. prices are higher, as global module imports are affected both by Section 201 tariffs and Chinese product is subject to anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed on solar cells and modules from Taiwan and China in 2012 and 2014.

However, prices appear to be falling in the United States as well. Leni John, the head of procurement at developer Strata Solar, estimates that U.S. module prices have fallen 5-10% over the last month, with greater declines for multicrystalline product than for monocrystalline.

This is in line with BNEF’s previous forecast, as the company noted the liquid nature of global module supply and ample capacity in Southeast Asia, Korea and Taiwan to serve the U.S. market.

However, John notes that module price declines have not fully offset the impact of Section 201 tariffs, which he says is still affecting the market. “By no means are we back to where we were prior to the tariff being implemented,” John told pv magazine.

Read the full article from PV Magazine.

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