ITC RULING COULD DESTABILIZE U.S. SOLAR PANEL MARKET

09/25/2017

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) voted unanimously to find cause for severe injury to U.S. solar manufacturers. The case, filed under §201 of the 1974 Trade Act, argued that cheap solar imports have made it impossible for U.S. solar companies to compete. The companies that brought the case proposed a tariff of $0.40/watt on imported solar cells and a floor price of $0.78/watt on imported modules. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEAI) condemned the proposal and is petitioning the ITC for a non-tariff solution. SEAI President Abigail Hopper believes that if tariffs are placed the number of domestic manufacturing jobs are likely to decrease. A hearing on potential remedies is set for October 3, after which the ITC will make a formal recommendation to the president. For the full story see http://www.utilitydive.com/news/solar-sector-steels-for-tariff-fight-af…;