HILLSBORO, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Coalition for a Prosperous America (CPA) –a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization representing the interests of 4.1 million households across the United States– has joined domestic solar cell and module manufacturers’ calls for fair competition in the U.S. solar market through the imposition of Section 201 trade relief, according to trade-case co-petitioners SolarWorld Americas Inc. and Suniva Inc.
CPA has sent a letter to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), urging the agency to reach an affirmative determination in the Section 201 case and find that global production overcapacity has fueled a surge of solar imports to the U.S. market, which has seriously injured the domestic solar-panel manufacturing industry, SolarWorld and Suniva say.
CPA “is working for a new and positive U.S. trade policy that delivers prosperity and security to America, its citizens, farms, factories and working people,” according to its website. “We believe America can provide good jobs for workers, affordable goods for consumers, opportunity for farms and manufacturers and a clean environment without compromising our national sovereignty and security.”
The organization’s letter says its members “know all too well the severe impact that destructive import surges can have on domestic manufacturers, their workers and economic growth. Global overcapacity is a major challenge across the world as some countries engage in strategies to overproduce, under consume and excessively rely upon deficit country consumers (such as the US) for their economic growth.”
“Thousands of workers have lost good paying U.S. jobs as a result,” the letter says. “That these severe effects occurred during a period of booming U.S. demand, and despite two successful solar trade cases, is all the more troubling…”
Nearly 30 U.S. solar-panel producers ceased manufacturing operations from 2012 to 2016, the period of investigation in the case. During this period, global imports increased nearly five-fold. This surge was led by China, whose imports rose by more than 700 percent, according to ITC data.
Four commissioners of the ITC will vote on Sept. 22 whether imports have caused, or threatened to cause, serious injury to the domestic industry. If at least two vote affirmatively, the ITC will proceed to the remedy phase of the investigation.
About SolarWorld REAL VALUE: SolarWorld Americas Inc., the largest U.S. crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer for more than 42 years, produces and sells high-tech solar power solutions and, in doing so, contributes to a cleaner energy supply throughout the Americas. The company maintains 430 megawatts of annual capacity to produce solar cells and 550 MW of capacity to manufacture solar modules. The company’s brand stands for a proven track record of quality and reliability, and SolarWorld is the only producer whose industrial lineage has outlived its products’ 25- and 30-year performance guarantees. SolarWorld upholds high social standards and commits itself to resource- and energy-efficient production. With its program Solar2World, the company supports the expansion of solar power in developing countries in Latin America. Connect with SolarWorld on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and www.solarworld.com.
About Suniva: Suniva is a leading U.S.-born, U.S.-operated manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and high-power solar modules. The company is known for its high-quality products, industry-leading technology, reliable performance, and high power density.