SolarWorld preparing complaint against China’s solar trade


SolarWorld is reportedly joining forces with other manufacturers to file a trade complaint against China for overwhelming the U.S. market with cheap solar cells.

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SolarWorld is reportedly joining forces with other manufacturers to file a trade complaint against China for overwhelming the U.S. market with cheap solar cells.

SolarWorld spokesman Ben Santarris said Thursday that the company was consulting with federal officials on how to hold China accountable for “its attempt, yet again, to destroy another U.S. industry.” He added, “We haven’t announced anything further.” 

Santarris said China unfairly supports its solar industry with everything from government grants to loan guarantees to subsidized raw material, land, water and electricity. 

“We can compete with any company from any country in the world on costs or on any other basis,” Santarris said. “But what we cannot do is compete with the Communist Party of China.” 

A trade complaint, calling for U.S. tariffs on Chinese solar cells and panels, would be an aggressive step to protect American manufacturers from imports the industry contends are sold below cost to build market share. But federal agencies could take months to evaluate the complaint before deciding whether to impose tariffs, while big Chinese producers continue undercutting U.S.-made products.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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