Eric Peeters, Vice President of Clean Energy, Dow Corning
The most difficult issue has been the trade case brought against Chinese solar manufacturers. Though the preliminary finding regarding imports of Chinese-made solar panels is intended to protect the U.S. market, the consequences of this decision will have exactly the opposite effect, proving devastate the growth and adoption of solar technology in the U.S., job growth, and our competitive leadership in this industry worldwide.
Both the U.S. and China will benefit by removing barriers to trade and promoting collaboration and open trade policies. Trade discussions in fast-growth, new technology industries like solar are best served by government and business leaders working together to develop constructive trade policies that foster growth and cooperation within the industry. Resolving trade concerns through an adversarial confrontation serves only to impede technological advancement and job creation, as well as the path towards energy independence.
While the trade issue as well as consolidation and economic challenges have been the focus within the past year, the solar industry has seen continued innovation and steady growth. New technologies that drive down costs and improve performance continue to be introduced. Efforts towards open trade and collaboration will continue to foster innovation and help make solar more competitive with traditional forms of energy.
In his 18 years with Dow Corning, Eric Peeters, vice president of Dow Corning’s Clean Energy business, has served in several science and business leadership roles. Eric has a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Catholic University of Leuven and a Master in Technology Enterprise degree from the IMD.