A selection of testimonies from the hearing in Washington as the ITC gathered evidence to help it decide whether imports of solar cells and modules are the major contributing factor in any injury caused to domestic US manufacturers.
The imposition of “effective remedies” in the Section 201 trade case could create 115,000 new jobs in the US solar supply chain according to a report commissioned by the petitioners, Suniva and SolarWorld Americas.
SolarWorld Americas the subsidiary of bankrupt integrated PV module manufacturer SolarWorld AG said it would receive a US$6 million cash infusion from its parent company’s financial lenders to continue reduced operations after recent workforce reductions and support its co-petition with bankrupt US rival Suniva in the ITC ‘Section 201’ case.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) estimates that 88,000 jobs, totalling about one-third of the current American PV workforce, would be lost if US manufacturer Suniva receives trade protections proposed in its petition with the US International Trade Commission (ITC).
Following on from the successful year for solar that was 2016, the US market added 2,044MW of new capacity in Q1 2017 alone. As installations grow, prices continue to fall to new lows and utility-scale system prices dropped below US$1/Watt for the first time according to GTM Research.
SolarWorld Americas the US solar manufacturing subsidiary of bankrupt SolarWorld AG said it had joined bankrupt US solar module producer, Suniva as co-petitioner in the Section 201 trade case under investigation with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
The US International Trade Commission (ITC) has elected to launch an investigation into Suniva’s trade complaint under Section 201 of the 1974 Trade Act. The body will decide whether to raise import prices on modules as per the bankrupt module manufacturer’s request.
Updated: The US solar trade body, Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said it would spearhead the campaign against the trade petition by US-based bankrupt cell and module manufacturer, Suniva with the USITC (United States International Trade Commission) that threatens import duties on all crystalline solar cells and panels imported from anywhere across the world not produced in the US.