26 Aug '14, 7pm

Six Reasons Solar Needs to Learn to Live with the Tariffs

Six Reasons Solar Needs to Learn to Live with the Tariffs

The solar industry usually has great political instincts. It got President Bush to jumpstart the industry with federal incentives. In Georgia , solar advocates were able to form an unlikely coalition of Tea Party advocates and the Sierra Club to expand its footprint there. But in defending Chinese manufacturers against tariff penalties, it’s on the wrong side of history. If you haven’t followed the issue, solar manufacturer SolarWorld has been waging, virtually single-handedly, a legal battle against Chinese solar makers for the past several years, claiming that they have dumped products in the U.S. in violation of trade agreements. Granted, SolarWorld is German, but it has facilities in Oregon. And it has been winning. In 2012, the Department of Commerce imposed substantial duties on Chinese manufacturers. This year, it closed a loophole which let Chinese manufacturers fu...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2014/08...

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