Beleaguered U.S. solar manufacturers win their trade case against the Chinese industry, but will it save them or simply slow the deployment of solar power?
Nearly a year after SolarWorld launched the case, U.S. regulators hear final arguments in the battle over possible tariffs on Chinese solar PV imports.
The Commerce Department set preliminary countervailing duties ranging from 2.90 to 4.73 percent on imports of Chinese solar cells and modules/panels.
Opponents say a study shows duties on Chinese PV would result in big U.S. job losses, while SolarWorld wins a “critical circumstance” ruling from the U.S.
With solar deployment booming, the U.S. should reject SolarWorld’s call for duties on Chinese imports, argues EarthTechling’s Pete Danko.
CASM and CASE have turned U.S-China trade relations into an internecine solar slugfest, as they struggle to influence the final outcome in the case.
A U.S. panel affirms harm to solar producers, keeping alive SolarWorld’s petition for duties on Chinese imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells.