Trade commissioner Karel De Gucht is set to urge EU commissioners to levy the tariffs on solar panel imports to protect from excessive cheap Chinese production, Reuters has exclusively revealed.

The plan would not stop imports entirely, but rather help to create a balancing act to help the EU come out of recession.

It is expected that Mr De Gucht will make the announcement on Wednesday, in addition to later proposing the measures to EU country trade specialists.

The huge expansion of Chinese solar panel imports has seen figures quadruple between 2009 and 2011. Total imports now account for more than the current global demand.

A move to introduce levies would see the EU follow the same path as the United States, who have introduced their own levy restrictions to cut down on oversupply.

The demand for solar panels is high across the global market, as more and more businesses and homes are looking to install the technology in order to cut down on future energy bill payments, move away from fossil fuel sources and reduce carbon emissions.

Worldwide government initiatives which have introduced targets to cut down on the emissions produced by energy providers and businesses has also contributed to this demand.

While many EU countries support the levies, six EU states have written to Mr De Gucht to urge that he does not impose the added taxation on Chinese imports.

It has been suggested that the mere indication that levies would be introduced had already led to a number of solar panel orders being cancelled.

With the solar market experiencing a relative boom, it is important that countries negotiate a balanced deal, which will help to improve economic recovery in the areas in question, but also provide the carbon reducing technology to consumers at the best possible price.

Reuters has said that Chinese production of solar panels was minimal a decade ago, but rapid expansion saw the country export €21 billion (£17.7 billion) worth of panels to EU countries in 2011.