The Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE) announced GT Advanced Technologies and REC Silicon have been welcomed into the fold. The US-based companies will be joining the cause against the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturers (CASM) who claims Chinese manufacturers are trading unfairly.

Jigar Shah, president of CASE, welcomed REC and GTAT to the coalition of over 160 other American solar companies. “Having two major US solar manufacturers representing 1,500 manufacturing jobs join CASE is just one more indication of how united the US solar industry is in opposition to SolarWorld’s trade petition at the Department of Commerce.”

“We’re proud to stand with other CASE members in defence of the business model embraced by every US company that competes in today’s global marketplace: success requires innovation and efficiency, not dependence on the government for protection,” said Tom Gutierrez, CEO of GTAT. “U.S. companies in today’s marketplace can’t rely on tariffs or subsidies to cover their vulnerabilities – they must enter the fray on a global basis and compete without protection from Uncle Sam.”

“REC Silicon sees open, fair, stable and robust international markets as key to maintaining and facilitating growth of the global solar industry,” said Tore Torvund, executive vice president of REC Silicon.