The U.S. International Trade Commission has agreed with SolarWorld Industries America that Chinese imports are hurting the U.S. solar manufacturing industry, and will continue to investigate this issue.
The commission announced its ruling on Thursday/Friday, to the delight of SolarWorld Industries America Inc., which had asked for an inquiry into alleged Chinese dumping of solar panels and modules into the U.S. market.
The U.S. Commerce Department has announced it will investigate SolarWorld’s charge that China is unfairly dumping cheap illicitly subsidized solar panels into the U.S. market.
Should investigators find that the allegation has credibility, it could impose duties or import fees on Chinese-made photovoltaic panels. That could level the playing field for the U.S. manufacturers of solar panels and components, such as Oregon-based SolarWorld Industries America. But it could hurt companies that depend upon those lower priced Chinese solar panels to keep afloat their businesses installing solar systems.
Solar World AG, one of the largest solar PV manufacturers in the world with factories in California, Oregon and Washington, has scored a dream advocate for its products: J.R. Ewing. Actually, the spokesman is Larry Hagman, who played the oilman on the long-running Dallas series. Hagman reprises his oil baron role in an ad for Bonn-based Solar World, where someone obviously decided the possibilities were too rich to leave untapped.