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federal trade panel calls for restrictions on imported solar cells - which president trump could soon implement
The International Trade Commission said Tuesday it supports tariffs and other import restrictions to protect domestic solar companies from the influx of cheap solar panels overseas.
However, the proposed remedy is inconsistent among the commissioners and does not go deep into the two companies that filed a lawsuit with the board --
Few parties are satisfied with the final end of the process, which will be decided by President Donald Trump.
\"The remedy recommended by the ITC is disappointing because it will not cure the injury suffered by this senior US official
A statement from Suniva said: \"Technology manufacturing has become a wave of imports . \"
The Oregon-based Solar World American company presented the original trade case.
The solar industry is divided by the case. Most of the U. S.
The solar industry strongly opposes the claims of the two companies that the remedies they seek are disastrous for the domestic industry.
They say tariffs or import restrictions will increase the overall panel price, especially when it comes to panel installation, and the cost of solar work will increase.
Abigail Ross Hooper retorted: \"The Commissioner has obviously taken a thoughtful approach to their proposal, and it is worth noting that in any case, none of the commissioners recommended any major industrial trading groups close to petitioning the President and CEO of the solar industry association, which has been opposed by the European Commission to protect the two solar companies.
Nevertheless, the proposed tariff will cause serious harm to our industry.
However, the two companies that supported the protection said they could not compete with a large number of cheap solar cells from China and other countries. The largest U. S.
Earlier this month, First solar, the largest solar company, actually supported the companies, conflicted with the larger solar industry association on this issue, and increased disputes within the industry.
In September, the trade commission agreed that cheap solar imports had caused serious harm to domestic industry.
\"The four commissioners took the next step at their hearing on Tuesday, advising on how the government should remedy the damage caused.
Next month, the commissioners will send a report to Trump, who can choose to reject, accept or even go beyond the advice of the panel.
Many in the solar industry are worried about what the president will do because he strongly supports one of the main competitors of solar energy --
And his enthusiasm for trade restrictions.
The commissioner of the Trade Centre recommended various remedies.
The Republican, Meredith Broadbent, supports moderate import restrictions, starting at the current level, although she says she is concerned that import restrictions may be \"against thousands of USS.
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\"Broadbent recommends a four-year limit on the import of polysilicon photovoltaic panels starting with a limit of 8.
9 GW per year, the number allowed is increasing every year
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Two members, Republican David Johanson and Democrat Owen Williamson, also supported a 30% tariff on solar-cell-powered solar-cell components that are still being fed in the month after solar cells and a 30% tariff.
These two tariffs will last four years and will fall every year, while allowed imports will increase slowly.
The chairman of the committee, Democrat Ronda schmitlin, suggested a similar arrangement, but only 0 times.
5 gigawatts were imported and a 35% tariff was imposed on solar components.
Suniva requirements 40-cent-per-
Watt tariffs for solar cells, and a lower price limit of 78 cents per watt for modules.
Critics of the tariff pointed out that their response on Tuesday lacked agreement.
\"Today\'s three different proposals suggest that Suniva\'s request is not allowed under the law,\" said Ed finst, president of the FBI. S.
Sunrun, a solar company, said in a statement.
\"We are confident that the government will take the next step to look at the issue from a narrow legal perspective of this process and see clearly what is obvious: for American workers, the best way is to reject this bail altogether.
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\"The current complaint comes from the competition for cheaper polysilicon photovoltaic solar cells.
The first solar panel uses a different technology tellur to treat cadmium and therefore is not affected by the ITC decision.
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According to Tom Werner, CEO of solar, according to the panel\'s ruling, SunPower, a solar company, could be seriously hurt by the final result.
SunPower produces and installs solar panels.
But its manufacturing plants are in Malaysia and the Philippines, so they will be subject to tariffs, raising prices in the United States. S. consumers.
Werner says his company spends about $100 million a year on research and development in the United States, and he will have to cut his budget if tariffs are imposed.
\"What you have is two companies that have failed in the market competition and will now be supported by successful companies,\" he said . \".
\"The future of solar energy and the way to differentiate Solar energy is to integrate solar energy with the grid through storage and software, and fighting for solar battery manufacturing is yesterday\'s game,\" Werner continued . \".
But SolarWorld had a different reaction on Tuesday.
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\"We are pleased that a bipartisan majority of members of the Commission has proposed tariffs.
Jurgen Stein, CEO and president of SolarWorld Americas, said in a statement: \"rate quotas and funds in the domestic industry . \".
\"This is a useful first step.
This process will now move forward with the president, and we continue to believe that the remedy recommended by SolarWorld is the right remedy for the industry at the moment.