Because of this last effect, not all U.S. solar panel companies support the dumping charges of SolarWorld. The Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE), a broad solar industry trade association, notes that the vast majority of the 100,000 jobs in the U.S. solar industry are in sales, marketing, design, installation, engineering construction, and maintenance of projects and not in manufacturing of solar modules. “These jobs depend on affordably priced solar panels, and companies would have to lay off workers if solar panel prices rise as a result of this investigation,” the coalition states. Another U.S. solar industry trade group, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), warns of a trade war and urges the U.S. and Chinese governments to quickly resolve the growing solar trade conflict. SEIA also notes that the U.S. solar industry goes well beyond producing solar cells and modules: It includes billions of dollars of recent investments in production of polysilicon, polymers, and solar-manufacturing equipment, products that are largely destined for export. “If the U.S.-China solar trade disputes continue to escalate, it will jeopardize U.S. solar investments,” SEIA says.
by Jeff Johnson |
June 04, 2012