UPDATE 1-U.S. sets final duties on Chinese solar panels

(Adds more detail on duties)

WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Reuters) - The United States said onWednesday it had set final anti-dumping duties ranging from18.32 percent to 249.96 percent on billions of dollars of solarpanels and cells from China to offset unfair pricing.

Chinese manufacturers and exporters of the products willalso be hit with final countervailing duties of 14.78 to 15.97percent to offset Chinese government subsidies, the U.S.Commerce Department said in a statement.

The final countervailing duty rates are significantly largerthan preliminary levels set earlier this year, which ranged from2.90 percent to 4.73 percent.

Suntech Power Holdings was hit with a finalanti-dumping duty of 31.73 percent and a countervailing duty of14.78 percent. The final anti-dumping duty rate was in line withits earlier preliminary rate, but the final countervailing dutyrate was increased from 2.90 percent earlier.

Trina Solar received a final 18.32 percentanti-dumping duty and a 15.97 percent countervailing duty,compared to preliminary rates of 31 percent and 4.73 percent.

The Commerce Department set a final anti-dumping duty rateof 249.96 percent and a countervailing duty rate of 15.24percent for all other Chinese producers and exporters.

(Reporting By Doug Palmer; Editing by Sandra Maler and DavidBrunnstrom)

((doug.palmer@thomsonreuters.com)(202 898 8341))