The Anti-Dumping Commission has announced that it will look into alleged dumping of Chinese photovoltaic solar panels.
The investigation was announced on Wednesday into “Certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules or panels Exported from the People’s Republic of China”.
Fairfax reports that the Chinese and Australian markets will be examined and it will be decided whether or not Chinese companies have been exporting panels to Australia to be sold at a loss.
PV Tech notes that the period being investigated will be between July 2012 and December last year, and follows an EU investigation into the dumping of Chinese product.
Australia imported around $1.4 billion in solar panels in 2014, with 1.3 million houses equipped with these. The number grows by roughly 50,000 homes each quarter.
Mawson Lakes panels maker Tindo Solar welcomed the news of the dumping investigation, saying there was currently no level playing field.
"We are supportive of any initiative that embeds a fair go and fair market price for Australian manufacturers," the company’s Richard Inwood told Fairfax.
"It's not just for now but for the future."