SEIA warns of 'ravaging' influence of AD/CVD examinations on United States solar field

Oct 27, 2021 03:23 PM ET
  • Trade body the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has actually urged the United States Department of Commerce (DOC) to throw away petitions from an alliance of companies that are promoting examinations right into alleged circumvention of antidumping as well as countervailing responsibilities (AD/CVD) on solar PV cells from China.
SEIA warns of 'ravaging' influence of AD/CVD examinations on United States solar field
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In a letter sent to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo yesterday (Monday), SEIA said the initiation of investigations "would freeze supply chains as well as have a devastating impact" on the US solar field, including that "problems have actually currently started and will continue till this request is outright denied".

"A darkness team of anonymous petitioners are recklessly asking our federal government to misinterpret United States law, overthrow the lives of countless American households and weaken any hope we have to reduce the devastating influences of climate change," stated SEIA CEO Abigail Ross Hopper.

The letter connects to applications filed in August by a team of firms called American Solar Manufacturers Against Chinese Circumvention (A-SMACC) that got in touch with the DOC to establish whether imports of solar cells that have actually been further manufactured in Vietnam, Thailand as well as Malaysia, utilizing wafers produced in China, are circumventing the AD/CVD orders on solar cells from China.

A-SMACC stated in an August declaration that the filing "will ensure that the playing field for American solar production is level as well as all set for the scaled financial investments needed to deal with climate change".

While the DOC last month requested additional details, consisting of the name of each member of A-SMACC, prior to it would certainly consider the values of its requests for anti-circumvention judgments, the group has yet to openly disclose the identities of its participants.

Replying to DOC requests previously this month, Wiley, the law firm standing for A-SMACC, claimed that disclosing the identifications openly "would certainly create significant risks of potentially crippling retaliation by the Chinese government".

Having previously alerted that the tasks asked for by A-SMACC might hinder the US' efforts to take on climate adjustment as well as jeopardise the release of 18GW of solar in the nation by 2023, SEIA stated in its letter the other day that "the possibility for preliminary tariffs is intensifying international supply chain difficulties".

"Any type of additional hold-up will trigger additional harm to the broader solar market. The Department must deal with the legal requirements for initiation throughout the statutory petition evaluation duration," Ross Hopper said in the letter.

SEIA is instead requiring federal financial investments to drive United States solar production, such as a proposed expense from Senator Jon Ossoff that would certainly supply credit ratings for US makers at each stage of the PV production supply chain, from polysilicon manufacturing to solar cells as well as modules.

The Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act, as it has been called, would certainly produce 27,000 straight production work in the solar component worth chain by 2025 and 40,000 jobs by 2030, according to SEIA, which is calling for a ten-fold rise in US solar manufacturing capacity to get to 50GW of annual production capacity by the end of this decade.

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