MD DC DE VA Solar Energy Industries Association

Solar Industry Stands Strong in Face of Trade Appeal

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Yesterday, MDV-SEIA joined hundreds of men and women in the solar industry at the International Trade Commission for the hearing of SolarWorld and Suniva’s trade petition. Three overflow rooms were used to accommodate what ITC staff referred to as “the most people we have ever seen” during the nearly 12 hour hearing.

The Solar Energy Industries Association coordinated a united industry presence by providing t-shirts and buttons bearing the message “No New Solar Tariffs”. As the face of the local solar industry, MDV-SEIA is appreciative of our members’ display of support and representation of the national industry.

Installers from Maryland-based company Solar Energy World were present in full force. Credit: SEIA

State public officials, including representation from Maryland and Virginia, testified against the the petition for solar tariffs. Delegate Luke Clippinger, representing the 46th district of Maryland, discussed recent solar policy victories including Community Solar legislation and the veto override of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. Delegate Clippinger noted that imposing a solar tariff is “not the right way to bring more investment and solar jobs to our state”. Georgia Public Service Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald also expressed his concern that the proposed tariff would deprive Georgia ratepayers of the choice of low-cost solar energy.

Executives from Sunrun, SunPower, NRG Energy, NEXTracker and DEPCOM Power were among respondents who testified against the complaint at the hearing. Each company clearly outlined that a determination of injury would cause harm to a flourishing industry, which has reached a point of cost-competitiveness with other technologies in many parts of the country.

The ITC is expected to issue a determination by September 22nd. If the commission determines that foreign imports were the primary cause of injury to the domestic solar industry, the ITC will hold a hearing to discuss a remedy on October 3rd. However, the decision of what remedy to implement ultimately rests in the hands of President Trump.

You can read SEIA’s opening remarks here: Solar Energy Industries Association Opening Statement

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