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Solar Industry Comments on New Circumvention Petition Effort

Wednesday, Feb 09 2022

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WASHINGTON, D.C. —  Yesterday a company filed a circumvention petition with the U.S. Department of Commerce alleging that solar imports from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam are bypassing anti-dumping and countervailing duties in place for imports from China. 

Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on the development:

“This is yet another attempt to abuse U.S. trade laws and cause serious economic harm to the American solar industry and its 230,000 workers, shockingly, all at the behest of a single company. SEIA will aggressively oppose this petition.

“As President Biden recognized just last week, there is a way to increase American manufacturing in the solar supply chain and it is an approach that has widespread support. Passing climate and energy provisions in Congress with Senator Ossoff’s Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act would generate tens of billions of dollars in investment in U.S. manufacturing. 

“This frivolous, self-interested petition could derail the entire American solar energy industry and disable efforts to tackle the climate crisis.”

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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 to achieve 30% of U.S. electricity generation 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 power. Founded in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association for the solar and solar + storage industries, building a comprehensive 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: 

Jen Bristol, SEIA's Senior Director of Communications, [email protected] (202) 556-2886

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