Senators and Members of Congress Seek Action on Dumped Solar Panels from China

Posted by scapozzola on 12/02/2011

A group of 59 Senators and Members of Congress are urging President Obama to investigate allegations that Chinese firms are dumping subsidized solar panels in the U.S. at below fair-market value.

The group, which includes Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA), has submitted a letter to President Obama stating that imports of Chinese solar products have “surged more than 350% from 2008 to 2010.”  At the same time, the U.S. solar industry has ”lost thousands of jobs, and at least seven companies have been forced to close or downsize.”

Several U.S. manufacturers of solar panels recently filed dumping charges against Chinese firms to offset illegal subsidies by the Chinese government.  The letter to President Obama states that these products are “unfairly traded,” and benefit from “government policies [that] clearly distort international trade.”  These subsidies include: “massive loans at below-market interest rates”; “extensive tax breaks and other state assistance”; and, “a currency that is substantially undervalued (by itself giving Chinese manufacturers roughly a 28 percent price advantage over their U.S. competitors).”

Last year, the United Steelworkers (USW) filed a section 301 trade case against China alleging that dumping and subsidies in the clean energy sector were adversely affecting U.S. manufacturers of renewable energy technology and equipment.

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) commends these Senators and Members for standing up for U.S. manufacturers of solar panels. 

CLICK HERE to read the full letter.

1 comment

Solar Panel dumping and the failure of Solyndra as a result

I so agree with this. I had a chance to work at Solyndra for a short time on the big construction job there, and very strongly support solar energy as an Electrician. Silicon Valley, both Alameda County where I live and work, as well as Santa Clara County, were really hit hard, especially us in Alameda County when Solyndra went down. The building just barely got built, before the whole company closed shop due to this very dumping. The Government gave Solyndra a 1/2 billion dollar loan for the project, just to see it fail. Now, if it was smart, it would have done the same as it did for Chrysler and other car companies: made sure that EVERY government building that was to build solar would come from Solyndra or another American Solar Manufacturing company. This is Economic Patriotism, and keeps OUR people working, not the Chinese from getting rich off of us.
And also Solyndra's product was a more efficient solar panel with a new design, cylindrical, which would absorb the sun from every angle. Innovation should be rewarded, not punished.

Sincerely,
-Leigh Hessel IBEW 595 Union Electrician

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