Spurred on by US solar power industry complaints that Chinese government support for its domestic solar manufacturers are too much to bear, the US Commerce Department will be investigating whether the Chinese subsidies are illegal under World Trade Organization rules .
The US International Trade Commission will now vote next month on whether there is enough evidence for the case to proceed. If they vote in favor, the Commerce Department will then be required to make a preliminary decision on whether to impose new import tariffs early next year.
Chinese officials have responded angrily to the move, arguing that the support offered to Chinese solar firms is both legal and designed to accelerate the development of low-cost renewable energy technologies that will help cut global carbon emissions. (Business Green)