Steep duties proposed by an anonymous group of petitioners would devastate thousands of U.S. solar companies and cause the industry to miss out on 18 gigawatts (GW) of solar deployment by 2023, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).
The petitions now before the Department of Commerce would create 50 percent to 250 percent duties on imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) panels and cells from Malaysia, Vietnam and Thailand. They allege some companies are circumventing antidumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) imposed on China in 2012. The three targeted countries account for 80 percent of all panel imports to the United States.
Over 190 of America’s leading solar companies sent a letter to Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo outlining the catastrophic impact these duties would have on the livelihoods of 231,0