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The ITC Ruling: Could the Cure Kill the Patient?

Author(s): Marilyn Brown
Professor of Public Policy
Georgia Institute of Technology
Date: October 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM

On September 22nd, the U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that low-cost, imported solar panels from China and other countries have hurt two “domestic” manufacturers: Chinese-owned Suniva and German-owned SolarWorld. As a result of the ITC ruling, both companies are now insolvent. The ITC seems likely to recommend a steep increase in solar import tariffs. If the Suniva recommended tariff is implemented, the price of solar panels could double. Implementing such a “cure” for dumping international products into the U.S. marketplace could be devastating to our solar industry. It would hurt the expanding solar installation business, it would hurt U.S. racking,… [more]

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