Solar sector steels for tariff fight after ITC harm ruling

Utility Dive

9/25/17

The fate of the United States’ solar industry rests in President Trump’s hands. For many in the sector, that’s a scary thought.

Last week, the U.S. International Trade Commission voted 4-0 to find cause for severe injury to a pair of U.S. solar manufacturers, Suniva and SolarWorld. The months-long investigation will now proceed to a hearing for potential remedies set for Oct. 3, after which the ITC will make a formal recommendation to the president. 

The finding is a result of a rare Section 201 investigation under the Trade Act of 1974 into whether the import of crystalline silicon photovoltaic modules unfairly disadvantaged domestic solar manufacturers. Suniva earlier this year petitioned the ITC to impose a tariff and floor price on these modules, with SolarWorld shortly joining after its German parent company filed for insolvency in May.

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