This is very welcome news for the European solar industry. For many years the majority of the European solar industry have been calling for a removal of MIP on Chinese PV modules as it has artificially inflated prices across the sector's value chain. MIP has only served to benefit a very small number of European manufacturers at the cost of the wider industry. If MIP were to be removed completely I think we would see a substantial growth of the PV industry in Europe boosted by decreasing module prices. Lets hope that this recent vote is the start of the process in removing MIP altogether.
James Watson, chief executive at SolarPower Europe, said that EU members had “sent a strong rebuke” to DG Trade and urged the Commission to “substantially revise their approach” through the appeals process. “We will now work with the member states to find a suitable compromise to remove the measures as soon as possible, so that we can have a dynamic and growing solar sector in Europe once again,” he added.