Labor crisis, the photovoltaic sector at risk

The photovoltaic sector is expanding sharply throughout Europe, including Italy. This maneuver would close the market and would not allow free competition in the sector ofsolar power.

To request the application of a tax on the import of photovoltaic panels foreign, is a group of European manufacturers. Customs duties applied to solar cells and modules from China could lead to the loss of tens of thousands of jobs. An open market with free competition are fundamental ingredients for making money solar energy accessible to all, especially as regards the use of domestic solar panels.

Today, in Europe, the photovoltaic sector is able to employ over 280,000 people and, despite the recent decline in photovoltaic prices, there is still a steady employment growth, so much so that in Italy there are more and more cosri to become a solar panel installer.

"The greatest potential for Europe lies in regions with local installers and businesses indirectly linked to solar. This positive development would be threatened if the Chinese module industry were forced out of the market; this would have a direct impact on market opportunities for developers and installers, resulting in the loss of thousands of jobs. This is a negative signal for a European economy already in difficulty due to the Euro crisis: it would result in the negation of all the achievements achieved to date in support of more scalable, reliable and safe solar solutions available to businesses, local communities, private customers and institutional investors, canceling everything that the public has asked the solar sector "

This was stated by Gregory Spanoudakis, president of EMEA Operations of Canadian Solar, a leading company in the international photovoltaic market.

"For our residential, corporate and public customers, customs duties on modules and solar cells would imply a significant increase in costs, thus curbing investments in these solutions", says Paul Wheeler, founder and chairman of MAP Environmental, a British supplier of solar PV technologies. “And in cascade the negative effects would fall on all local suppliers and installers whose activities depend on an economically competitive and efficient technology”.

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