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.
Digger deeper, the U.S. Commerce Department finds Chinese solar companies benefited from cheap electricity and other illegal subsidies.
SolarWorld’s CEO lashes out at the U.S. industry’s leading trade group and China says five U.S. states are violating trade rules with renewable energy subsidies.
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.