Two bankrupt solar manufacturers pressed the International Trade Commission this week to recommend that President Donald Trump implement the first industrywide "global safeguard" tariff in 15 years while a trade group warned that trade barriers would devastate the industry.
The Solar Energy Industries Association, which fought the Section 201 investigation leading to the ITC's determination last week that imports had injured solar manufacturing, argued the proposed barriers exceed statutory limits and would crush the solar industry without saving the two companies.
However, petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld requested a 32-cent-per-watt tariff on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, a slight reduction from their petition estimate. In addition, Suniva continued to push for a price floor on solar panels of 74 cents per watt, while SolarWorld wants a quota on imported cells and panels to cap import supply; both support each other’s idea in the alternative.
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