Solarworld should trade litigation for negotiation and provide more details of what it wants from a trade settlement with Chinese manufacturers, the US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has said.
Following an open letter to from Solarworld Americas’ president Mukesh Dulani, to the SEIA, the trade group responded with its own letter.
“As I stated most recently, it’s time [to] roll-up our sleeves, work together, and reach an agreement that’s good for everyone,” wrote SEIA’s CEO Rhone Resch.
“Continued litigation is bad for the industry and, we believe, bad for Solarworld, SEIA’s settlement proposal remains the best path forward. But we will not preclude any settlement option that serves the greater interest of the US solar industry.”
On Wednesday, Solarworld said the settlement’s current form was unacceptable but gave scant detail on what it would like to see in a deal. It did however say it was open to negotiation.
Resch called for Solarworld to be more forthcoming with its input.
“Regarding your suggestion that SEIA “reformulate and resubmit” this proposal, it is unclear what, specifically, Solarworld seeks from a negotiated solution, beyond the general demand that any settlement “eliminate China’s unfair trade practices” and “be enforceable”. SEIA has developed and publically released an industry-wide solution. We welcome specific input from Solarworld on this document and/or any alternative proposal,” said Resch.
The SEIA will send a delegation to meet solar manufacturers in China this week to discuss how to proceed.