The recent industry war about solar panels developed in China has taken a new turn, as the EU imposes anti-dumping levies on imports from the far-east country.

It is only a temporary move, but it has been suggested that it will help to stop the damage in competition that Chinese imports has created.

Arguments have been raised that panels developed overseas and imported are made at a lower cost, dramatically affecting the European market.

All 27 member states will be affected by the measures, set to be officially imposed on June 6th. A gradual introduction of the levy will be implemented, starting at an average of 11.8 per cent in the first instance.

However, if no deal is struck between the EU and China within two months, this is expected to increase to 47.6 per cent.

EU trade commissioner Karel De Gucht said that the price at which Chinese panels are sold in Europe should be at least 88 per cent higher, adding: "It has the potential to destroy an important industry in Europe if we don't act today."

Consumers should not be concerned about this move causing price hikes for panels in the UK, as rate for the technology have been dropping in recent years.

Furthermore, if concerns over costs are putting you off accessing the renewable energy generators, contact your local government to see if any solar panels schemes are available to help you install photovoltaics on your property at a subsidised cost.

Remember that other government initiatives such as the Green Deal and the feed-in tariff are also available to consumers to encourage access to energy efficient technologies.

At present, there is no evidence to suggest an end to the 'trade war', with China previously stating that if the levies were imposed, they would do what is necessary to defend its industry. China is currently to world's largest producer of solar, with exports to Europe totalling €21 billion (£18 billion).