US House representatives join chorus of opposition to solar AD/CVD proceedings

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on email
US house Representatives have joined the chorus of lawmakers asking for an expedited resolution of the AD/CVD by writing to US President Joe Biden. Image: Pixabay.

More than 80 US House representatives have joined a chorus of lawmakers opposing the solar tariffs investigation and pressed US President Joe Biden to expedite it.

In a letter signed by 85 members of Congress’ lower chamber, US President Joe Biden and the Department of Commerce were asked to expedite a preliminary determination to the alleged circumvention of antidumping and countervailing duties (AD/CVD) by solar manufacturers in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.

“Many of us have repeatedly cautioned against the severe negative consequences this inquiry would have on the U.S. solar industry, and now that this investigation has been initiated, those consequences are playing out across the United States,” the letter reads.

“Mr. President, we commend you for setting ambitious emissions targets to reach 100% clean electricity by 2035 and net-zero economy-wide emissions by 2050. However, the present anti-circumvention inquiry threatens to completely derail the progress we have made.”

The full text of the letter can be seen here.

The representatives are the latest group of US politicians to urge for an accelerated preliminary determination of the AD/CVD investigation, after a bipartisan group of senators and governors did the same earlier this month.

In a similar tone taken by previous lawmakers, the letter highlighted the effects of tariffs up to 250% could have on the solar industry as a whole and the setbacks it would have on the country’s goal to reach zero-emission electricity by 2035.

Many companies across the US solar industry have already been affected by the consequences of the investigation, with EPC contractors lamenting the current situation and others having its first quarter affected by it and revising its revenues for the rest of the year due to the uncertainty of the solar market and possible delays and cancellations in the coming quarters.

Earlier this week, eight PV manufacturers, among them JinkoSolar, Trina Solar and Hanwha Q CELLS were selected from the Department of Commerce (DOC) to provide more information on their operations in the four countries concerned by the AD/CVD investigation.

Last week, US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm raised her concerns about the country’s ability to reach zero-emission electricity by 2035 if the solar tariffs investigation resolution was not met fast enough.

Read Next

June 30, 2022
Investor CleanCapital has acquired renewable energy developer BQ Energy, adding 300MW of late-stage solar development to its pipeline.
June 30, 2022
D.E. Shaw Renewables Investments (DESRI) has secured up to US$400 million in new capital finance to support its US renewables strategy.
PV Tech Premium
June 28, 2022
Solar and energy storage were described by Elon Musk as going together “like peanut butter and jelly”. Andy Colthorpe meets some of the players creating this winning combination in the US.
June 28, 2022
Utility-scale renewables developer Intersect Power has secured US$750 million in funding to take its portfolio of renewables, energy storage and green hydrogen projects beyond 8GW.
June 23, 2022
First Solar is to supply 2GWdc of its at thin-film cadmium telluride modules to National Grid Renewables after securing a framework agreement with the developer.
June 23, 2022
US power grid operator PJM Interconnection latest capacity auction for 2023/2024 saw 1,868MW of solar PV procured, up 25% from 2022/2023.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Solar Media Events
October 4, 2022
New York, USA
Solar Media Events
October 11, 2022
Virtual event