Proposed AD/CVD tariffs would 'devastate' US solar industry as well as put 18GW of projects in danger, DOC informed

Sep 23, 2021 11:05 AM ET
  • Greater than 190 US solar business have actually cautioned that suggested duties on imports of modules as well as cells from 3 Southeast Asian nations represent an "instant as well as significant risk" to America's solar industry.
Proposed AD/CVD tariffs would 'devastate' US solar industry as well as put 18GW of projects in danger, DOC informed
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In a letter sent out a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, the companies claimed the suggested tariffs would certainly combat US initiatives to effectively deal with environment change as well as threaten the resources of more than 230,000 American solar workers.

Signed by manufacturers, programmers, installers, sponsors as well as company throughout the US solar supply chain, the letter advises the Department of Commerce (DOC) to decrease a request to initiate circumvention examinations lately filed by a confidential team.

Dubbed the American Solar Manufacturers Versus Chinese Circumvention, or A-SMACC, the team last month called for the launch of examinations into a number of solar producers charged of circumventing anti-dumping as well as countervailing responsibilities by using entities based in Southeast Asia.

The requests now before the DOC would certainly produce 50-250% tasks on imports of crystalline silicon solar (CSPV) modules and cells from Malaysia, Vietnam as well as Thailand, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), which said the 3 targeted nations represent 80% of all module imports to the US. The profession association stated the tasks can jeopardise the release of 18GW people solar by 2023.

" I can not overemphasize the dire danger that these negligent applications are troubling thousands of thousands of American family members," said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA CEO. "The anonymous petitioners are asking the Department of Commerce to not only misinterpret US regulation, but likewise overturn a decade of department choices in solar profession cases, all to profit a couple of confidential petitioners at the expenditure of the whole US solar economic climate."

The responsibilities "would ruin" the United States solar industry and also each of the greater than 190 firms, according to the letter, which declares "the applications are likewise made to avoid a full and also reasonable query" into whether CSPV cell as well as module imports from Malaysia, Vietnam as well as Thailand are subsidised or sold to the US at less than fair value.

The applications were filed on behalf of A-SMACC by law office Wiley. A declaration from the group published by Wiley last month stated the declaring would certainly level the playing field for US solar producers.

"For as well long, noticeable circumvention of antidumping as well as countervailing responsibilities on Chinese solar products has actually hobbled the US industry, devitalized our supply chains, and also place our tidy energy future in danger. It is time for America to lead in this critical market," the declaration claimed

Days afterwards request was filed, NextEra Energy contacted the DOC to either pressure A-SMACC to disclose its members or to scrap its tariff request. The energy additionally requested that the department established a deadline for interested parties to submit comments associated with the initiation of the anti-circumvention demands, which it said would follow current circumvention process.

A DOC speaker ultimately confirmed to PV Tech that the department had received NextEra's letter and also was examining the nature of its requests.

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