The US International Trade Commission has voted 4-0 in favour of proceeding with the Suniva Section 201 trade case having seen enough evidence to convince them that imports are the major cause of injury to US solar manufacturers.
The results of our first (last) ever attempt at polling are in and they are very much predictable. But regardless of popular opinion, it's worth considering the views of those not speaking up. While the industry is largely against Section 201 trade measures, that alone is not the most likely reason the ITC might choose not to recommend hefty tariffs come November.
The office of New York governor Andrew Cuomo has spoken out against the Suniva trade case, despite his state being home to the largest crystalline silicon cell and module manufacturing plant in the US.
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.
Major US EPC firm Swinerton Renewable Energy (SRE) has launched a new website that focuses on its many employees working in the solar industry rather than the installations, typical across the industry.
Should the Suniva trade case proposals get approved, two thirds of the US solar pipeline expected to come online over the next five years could be wiped out, according to a new report from GTM Research.
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.