Over 240 solar companies ask Commerce to toss anticircumvention case

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The SEIA and 240 solar companies have announced that the expected preliminary decision on the Commerce Department’s AD/CVD avoidance investigation has been postponed to December 1. sent a letter Gina Raimond asking the Department of Commerce to reject the original petition.

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Trade investigation launched March 2022 After California-based solar panel assembler Auxin Solar petitioned A review of a Chinese solar panel manufacturer moving some of its manufacturing operations to Southeast Asia as a way to avoid anti-dumping/countervailing duties (AD/CVD) Chinese solar manufacturer since 2012Specifically, Auxin wanted to take a closer look at solar projects in Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam to determine whether they could use Chinese wafers, aluminum frames, backsheets, and more. in use in exported cells and modules. DOC may extend his AD/CVD to the above countries if enough Chinese products are found for module exports in Southeast Asia.

Commerce is preliminary decision By December 1, in this anti-circumvention lawsuit, the companies in the letter make it clear that positive decisions are not justified and stifle America’s ability to deploy clean energy.

“President Biden took important short-term steps this summer to free up the stalled solar supply chain, but if this baseless lawsuit isn’t dropped, the company will face the administration’s breakthrough,” Abigail said. We will not be able to take advantage of climate policy,” he said. SEIA President and CEO Ross Hopper said: “Inflationary laws are driving steady investment in manufacturing in the United States, but additional tariffs will only undermine this success.”

In June of this year, the Biden administration administrative order The two-year suspension of the tariffs associated with this case is to “ensure that the United States has access to a sufficient supply of solar modules to meet its power generation needs while domestic manufacturing expands.” Commerce will continue its investigation while giving U.S. contractors a breather to bring projects online in the meantime.

The US solar and energy storage industry, which is backed by SEIA, argues that the lawsuit has no legal merit. The manufacture of solar cells and modules requires specialized equipment and is an intensive process. SEIA said the case started by Auxin Solar did not meet the criteria for avoidance because of the large scale and large-scale manufacturing operations that took place in the Southeast Asian countries named in the investigation.

The SEIA goal of 50 GW of U.S. solar power by 2030 is achievable due to manufacturing provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act, but Commerce could squash demand with unfair tariffs. The companies in the letter are asking Commerce to drop the probe so the solar and storage industry can continue to grow and invest in domestic manufacturing.

Companies that have signed the letter include large scale and residential installers, developers, panel manufacturers, inverter manufacturers, mount manufacturers, software companies, battery suppliers and more.

If the Department of Commerce makes a preliminary decision on December 1, a final decision will be made on May 1, 2023.

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