October 4th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
SunPower, one of the world's largest solar manufacturers, has announced this week it has completed the acquisition of certain assets belonging to SolarWorld Americas, including its Hillsboro, Oregon, facilities and its workforce of more than 200 employees
April 18th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
In a move being billed as a "new chapter in American solar panel manufacturing" SunPower, one of the world's leading solar manufacturers, has announced that it will acquire 100% of SolarWorld Americas, one of the two companies who filed a Section 201 trade case that led to the imposition of 30% tariffs on all imported solar cells and modules into the United States
February 13th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
Three Canadian solar manufacturers -- Silfab Solar, Heliene, and Canadian Solar -- have filed a lawsuit with the US Court of International Trade in New York against Donald Trump's imposition of 30% tariffs on all imported solar cells and modules, citing "immediate, severe, and irreversible injuries" for the Canadian solar industry
February 8th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
China has this week filed complaints with the World Trade Organization seeking talks on compensation with the United States for the recent tariffs that President Donald Trump signed off on for imported solar cells and modules and washing machines.
January 30th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
The 30% solar tariff that US President Donald Trump has agreed to impose on imported solar modules and cells will cause the US solar industry to constrict by 11% over the next 5 years, causing nearly a quarter million customers to no longer install solar. It will hit the utility-scale solar sector the hardest
January 26th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
You might think the new solar tariffs are about Suniva and SolarWorld Americas, but there's a lot more going on in the background than meets the eye.
January 26th, 2018 | by Zachary Shahan
The recent news about tariffs on Chinese solar panels brought out how little MSNBC staff follow the energy industry and how little they understand what the problems are with this specific trade case. Bringing in CNBC Editor-at-Large John Harwood didn't help either, as he also didn't note (and didn't seem to not know) the most important points of the story
January 25th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
A group of 409 clean energy business leaders organized by independent environmental advocacy group E2 has penned a letter to US President Donald Trump opposing his recent decision to impose a 30% tariff on all imported solar cells and modules, warning that the move has the potential to eliminate almost 90,000 American jobs.
January 24th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
New analysis by GTM Research published a day after Donald Trump applied a 30% tariff on imported solar cells and modules shows that the US solar industry will see a 11% decrease in installations over the next 5 years, a reduction of around 7.6 gigawatts of installed solar between 2018 and 2022.
January 24th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
The recently announced 30% solar tariff could be offset and overwhelmed by new plans announced this week by the Rocky Mountain Institute and 35 solar energy industry leaders, which have committed to developing an ultra-low-cost solar product which could significantly reduce costs to the point that fully installed costs would only reach $0.50 per watt.
January 23rd, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
After 8 months of uncertainty and vitriol, US President Donald Trump has decided this week to impose a 30% tariff on imported solar cells and modules in response to a Section 201 trade case filed by Suniva and SolarWorld back in April of 2017, a move which will likely cost 23,000 American jobs this year.
January 19th, 2018 | by Joshua S Hill
Abigail Ross Hopper, the Solar Energy Industries Association President and CEO, made a personal plea on Wednesday to US President Donald Trump to reject imposing high tariffs on solar imports and risking tens of thousands of US-based jobs.
December 6th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill
The recent Section 201 solar trade case that has passed through the US International Trade Commission has undone some of the progress made by President Obama's SunShot Initiative which sought to lower solar costs to make them cost-competitive with other forms of energy.
November 24th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
Suniva and SolarWorld have filed a complaint with the US International Trade Commission claiming cheap solar cells and solar panels from China made it impossible for them to compete and drove them into bankruptcy. The claim is not about subsidies given to those companies by the Chinese government, only that the imported products are cheap and hurt Suniva's and SolarWorld's business. (Note that Suniva itself is a subsidiary of a Chinese solar company that opposed the complaint.)
November 2nd, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill
The US International Trade Commission published on Tuesday recommendations for import tariffs on solar PV cells and modules as part of the Section 201 trade case which has been in motion much of this year, and though any tariffs are harmful, the proposals were not as bad as many within the solar industry were fearing.
October 26th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill
Major US businesses and members of the Ceres BICEP Network have this week added their voices to the many already hoping the US International Trade Commission will reconsider imposing a solar tariff following the ruling in the Suniva and SolarWorld Section 201 solar trade case.
October 17th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill
GTM Research has published a new report this week investigating the potential impact of introducing various levels of tariffs on the solar industry as a result of the Section 201 trade case currently in front of the US International Trade Commission.
October 5th, 2017 | by Steve Hanley
The International Trade Commission has handed Trump just the tool he needs to crush the US solar power industry. Will he use it?
October 3rd, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill
Suniva and SolarWorld Americas last week submitted updated requests to the US International Trade Commission that suggest lowering their originally-requested tax remedies on imported solar equipment, but SolarWorld further petitioned the ITC to impose a limit on solar module imports into the United States.
September 25th, 2017 | by Joshua S Hill
The US International Trade Commission on Friday voted unanimously in favor of proceeding with the Suniva/SolarWorld Section 201 trade case, finding Chinese solar imports are "a substantial cause of serious injury to the domestic industry," despite the claims and evidence of virtually the entire US solar industry.