SEIA calls AD/CVD case 'monumental loss' for US as it slashes solar forecasts by 24GW as well as warns of 100,000 job losses

Apr 29, 2022 04:08 PM ET
  • Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has actually lowered its United States solar installment forecasts by 24GW over the following two years adhering to the United States government's decision to explore the circumvention of duties in Southeast Asia, asserting 100,000 solar jobs will be shed because of this.
SEIA calls AD/CVD case 'monumental loss' for US as it slashes solar forecasts by 24GW as well as warns of 100,000 job losses
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A SEIA survey of 700 United States solar firms additionally exposed that 83% of module buyers have actually had deliveries either delayed or terminated, while 70% of participants stated at the very least fifty percent of their solar workforce was at threat as the harmful impact of the case continues.

SEIA said the Department of Commerce (DOC) decision to examine alleged circumvention of antidumping and also countervailing duties (AD/CVD) by makers in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and also Vietnam would see US solar installs stop by 46% to 24GW, which is much more is greater than the country mounted in the entire of last year.

According to SEIA, 318 jobs with a cumulative capacity of 51GW of solar PV and 6GWh of battery energy storage space are being cancelled or delayed, with roughly US$ 52 billion of private financial investment at risk.

" This case is damaging clean energy, as well as unnecessarily removing American companies and also workers in its wake," said SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. "It's abstruse that the President would certainly allow his very own management's actions to be the failure of his clean power vision."

Meanwhile, a SEIA survey of 700 US solar firms discovered that 83% of participants that buy or make use of modules have reported terminated or delayed module supply, with as many as 13 states reporting 100% of modules postponed or terminated. The case was expected to significantly stop module supply to the US.

Additionally, 70% of survey respondents reported that at least half their solar as well as storage workforce goes to risk and also more than 200 firms report that their entire workforce is at danger. United States solar developers had actually currently branded the decision a "damaging strike" as they warned of 10s of hundreds of job losses.

" If tariffs are imposed, in the blink of an eye we're mosting likely to shed 100,000 American solar employees and also any type of hope of getting to the President's clean energy objectives," stated Hopper. "This would certainly be a monumental loss for our nation, which has the potential to lead our clean power future, with the ideal policies."

" Instead, the Commerce Department is on track to eliminate almost fifty percent of all solar jobs as well as force an abandonment on the President's climate objectives."

The examination complies with an application from US-based module supplier Auxin Solar, filed last month, and also comes just four months after a similar petition filed by an anonymous group of US solar manufacturers was dismissed by the DOC.

The DOC will currently begin country-wide proceedings to identify whether solar cells and/or modules made in the Southeast Asian countries utilize components originating from China, flouting AD/CVD tariffs.

The examination itself might last up to a year, after which the DOC will conclude whether or not it has proof of circumvention. Preliminary searchings for of the investigation are to be released on or before 30 August 2022, at which time a preliminary duty figure will certainly also be revealed.

The earliest a final decision can feasibly be announced is 26 January 2023, nevertheless this can still be prolonged up until 1 April 2023.

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