About 150 U.S. solar-industry employers of more than 11,000 American workers have joined the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM) to support US investigation of China’s solar trade practices and advocate for fair, sustainable, international solar-industry competition.
November 30, 2011 — About 150 US solar-industry employers of more than 11,000 American workers have joined the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM) to support the US government?s investigation of China?s solar trade practices and advocate for fair, sustainable, international solar-industry competition.
CASM was founded by 7 US solar manufacturers led by SolarWorld. CASM alleges that China?s state-sponsored solar industry is using export-oriented subsidies to dump exports into the US market and harm American manufacturers and workers.
The US coalition includes dozens of solar suppliers and installers. Several spoke about their involvement:
- Mark Becker, president, Semper Fidelis Construction Inc., nine employees, California: ?Free and fair trade is an American value. The current policies of the People’s Republic of China are not examples of free and fair trade. Devalued currency and government-propped businesses that can sell their products at a loss are putting Americans out of work.?
- Christopher Maingot, project development, Superior Solar Systems, 25 employees, Florida: ?Solar manufacturing in the U.S. needs support. Heavily subsidized Chinese imports are killing the American solar manufacturing industry. This is a growing Industry that has the ability to put a lot of out-of-work Americans to work and to put America in the forefront of a very lucrative and important energy source going forward.?
- Luke Uzupis, co-founder, Amped On Solar, 10 employees, New Jersey: ?From day one, our mission has included supporting American jobs and the American economy. Unfair practices by off-shore manufacturers and U.S. companies who support those products have made it difficult for us to remain competitive.?
- James Coger, president, Custom Home & Commercial Electronics, 25 employees, Arizona: ?When there is a level playing field, American business can compete with any country. The subsidies China provides to its solar PV panel manufacturers make for an illegal environment, making it impossible for any country to compete in the one-sided market!?
The next step in CASM?s trade case will be a Dec. 2 preliminary determination by the US International Trade Commission on whether subsidized Chinese exports have injured the domestic industry. If it finds in favor of CASM, the first possible determination on ?critical circumstances? could occur starting January 12, meaning importers of record could later be required to deposit estimated duties on imports back to this past October 14.
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The Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing was founded by seven companies that manufacture solar cells and modules in the United States. For details about CASM, go to www.americansolarmanufacturing.org.