240 solar companies dispute basis of Auxin solar tariff case

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WASHINGTON, DC – More than 240 solar and storage companies are pleading with Secretary Gina Raimondo to reject a petition for new anti-circumvention tariffs on solar products as a critical U.S. Commerce Department deadline approaches.

Commerce is due to issue its preliminary ruling in the Auxin Solar anti-circumvention case by December 1, and the companies in this letter make it clear that a positive ruling is not warranted and will once again stifle America’s ability to deploy clean energy.

“President Biden took a crucial short-term step over the summer to unleash a stalled solar supply chain, but companies won’t be able to capitalize on the administration’s historic climate policy if this baseless case is n is not rejected”, said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). “The Inflation Reduction Act has launched a steady stream of manufacturing investment in the United States, but more tariffs will only undermine that success.”

The US solar energy and storage industry remains convinced that the case lacks legal merit. Manufacturing solar cells and modules requires specialized equipment and is an intensive process. Due to the large and extensive manufacturing work done in the Southeast Asian countries cited in the investigation, the case does not meet the circumvention standard.

The Cut Inflation Act’s fabricating provisions bring SEIA’s goal of 50 GW of US solar generation by 2030 within reach, but trade could crush demand with unwarranted tariffs. The companies are calling on Commerce to drop this baseless investigation so the solar and storage industry can continue to grow and invest in domestic manufacturing.

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About SEIA®:

The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar power to reach 30% of electricity generation in the United States by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar energy. . Founded in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association for the solar and solar+storage industries, developing a global vision for the Solar+ Decade through research, education and advocacy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org and follow @SEIA on Twitter, LinkedIn and instagram.

Media Contact:

Morgan Lyons, SEIA Director of Communications, [email protected] (202) 556-2872

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