Solar Trade War Escalates

July 29, 2014 By Linda Hardesty

solar-array-energy-manageThe US Commerce Department has determined that some Chinese solar manufacturers are getting around trade policies by locating their factories in Taiwan, and the agency has proposed expanding its penalties on selling solar modules at unfairly low prices, reports Bloomberg.

The Commerce Department could institute duties as high as 165 percent for some Chinese manufacturers and 44 percent for those in Taiwan. The agency’s fact sheet included a list of more than 40 Chinese companies that will be subject to the penalty tariffs, says Bloomberg.

The agency will make its final decision by mid-December.

The news is welcomed by US solar manufacturers, such as SolarWorld, which complain that Chinese solar products are subsidized by the government.

However, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) condemned the agency’s decision.

“The Department of Commerce continues to rely on an overly broad scope definition for subject imports from China, adversely impacting both American consumers and the vast majority of the US solar industry,” Resch said.

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