14 May '12, 7pm

Anatomy of the SolarWorld US-China Solar Trade Case: The U.S. and China remain locked in a difficult trade dis...

Anatomy of the SolarWorld US-China Solar Trade Case: The U.S. and China remain locked in a difficult trade dis...

Of course China is subsidizing its solar industry. The inputs to making a solar panel (aside from materials) are energy, capital, and labor -- and China provides advantages to some of its solar firms in these inputs. China also has a Five-Year Plan that supports exports and provides incentives. This is also called having an actual energy policy with a long-term view. SolarWorld and CASM are fulfilling their duty to their shareholders by doing everything they can within the legal framework of the Department of Commerce to provide an advantage to their firm. The U.S. remains no better a place to build solar panels than it is to build iPhones. Tariff or not, it is unlikely that SolarWorld can survive as a U.S.-based PV module manufacturer in the long-term. If the U.S. downstream solar and Chinese manufacturing industries are lucky, the AD tariff will be modest. Obama, China h...

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