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SolarWorld and Suniva applaud Congressional letter to President Trump urging ‘strong and effective remedy’ in solar trade case

Solar technology industry key to U.S. energy independence, letter says

Hillsboro, Ore., and Norcross, Ga., Dec. 21, 2017 Suniva and SolarWorld Americas Inc. today expressed their deep appreciation for Congressional letters to President Trump that urge him to institute “a strong and effective” trade remedy for the U.S. solar cell and module manufacturing industry, one that will ensure a “growing and competitive” industry into the future.

The letters appeal to the President for a remedy that addresses the serious injury that the industry has suffered. The bipartisan U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) unanimously voted that this injury was the result of a massive surge of imports. Nearly 30 solar manufacturers within the industry have been decimated between 2012 and 2016 because of this import surge.

“All forecasts indicate that U.S. demand for solar energy will continue to grow – the question is whether American-made products will help supply that growing demand,” says the letters, signed by three senators and eight congressional members. “A strong and effective remedy will ensure that the U.S. CSPV solar cell and module manufacturing sector can grow and would restore thousands of U.S. manufacturing jobs that have been lost due to the injury caused by imports while preserving the health of the entire U.S. solar industry.”

The letters also highlight the potential role of a strong and effective order in advancing “America’s energy independence as well as electrical grid security, both of which require a robust U.S. solar manufacturing industry.”

“In order to ensure electrical grid security,” the letters say, “the United States cannot afford to become dependent on imports from China and other countries for cutting-edge CSPV solar cell and module technology.”

Juergen Stein, CEO and president of SolarWorld Americas Inc., commended the letters in support of the domestic manufacturing industry. “SolarWorld greatly appreciates the support of these Members of Congress, who clearly grasp the importance of this key issue for the future of our industry and this country,” he said.

Matt Card, executive vice president of Suniva, applauded the Congressional letters. “These Members of Congress understand the importance of a vibrant American manufacturing sector, and Suniva is profoundly appreciative of their efforts to stand with American manufacturers who are punished for playing by the rules while China and others continue to cheat,” he said. Signatories of the Senate letter are Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore, Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio. Michael D. Bishop, R-Mich., Suzanne Bonamici, D-Ore., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., Marcy Kaptur, D-Ohio, Daniel T. Kildee, D-Mich., Kenny Marchant, R-Texas and Steve Pearce, R-N.M., signed the House version.

President Trump is expected to issue his remedy determination on or before January 26, 2018.

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