27 Jun '12, 8pm

If E.U. Solar Trade Case Is Filed, Industry Would Have Voice in Process: While a strategy of unity wasn't able

For months, a vocal and determined group of mostly American-based solar companies pleaded its case that penalties against Chinese solar cell and panel manufacturers would harm the growing U.S. market. The Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE) made lots of headlines, but ultimately it found itself on the losing end of Department of Commerce rulings that set steep tariffs against those low-cost Chinese products feeding the American market. Most industry insiders and analysts are expecting a similar trade complaint to be filed in the European Union. Only this investigation would have a far greater impact on the global solar industry. The European market accounts for 70 percent of global demand, compared to about 10 percent for the United States. And despite a string of bankruptcies, the European Union — and mostly German — manufacturing industry remains a far larger fo...

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