The U.S. Commerce Department agreed with Hillsboro-based Solar World Thursday in a ruling against Chinese solar manufacturers. It’s the second such ruling based on the company’s complaints.
In March, Commerce proposed tariffs of a few percent in response to China’s illegal subsidies. Now, Commerce says China is dumping solar products on the US market at less than fair market value. It’s proposing tariffs ranging from 31 to nearly 250 percent.
Ben Santarris is with Solar World in Hillsboro. “What these tariffs do is begin to roll back the effect of the cheating, and begin to return us to actual competition.”
Santarris says the final tariff amounts may climb higher, based on the ongoing federal investigation.
Senator Ron Wyden and the 210-member Coalition of American Solar Manufacturing have applauded the Commerce decision, too.
The Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy opposes the decision. The group of installers, designers, and engineers is concerned it’ll drive up the costs of solar electricity.
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