31 Dec '11, 4pm
The Battle between CASE and CASM
The question of whether cheap Chinese photovoltaics are imperiling the U.S. solar industry , specifically in manufacturing and whether the negative impact on domestic manufacturing outweighs the more positive effect that lowered costs have resulted in for installers rages on. The Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM), which is supported by SolarWorld Industries America, Inc., alleged that U.S. PV manufacturing jobs are being lost because of unfair Chinese trade practices that have artificially lowered the price of Chinese silicon-based PV, and it’s gained some ground with a recent U.S. International Trade Commission finding that CASM and SolarWorld’s complaints have merit. The Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE) contended that the solar project development industry and the silicon manufacturing industry could shed even more jobs if CASM’s complaints re...