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January 18, 2018

Trump: Solar trade case decision coming 'pretty soon'

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Utility Dive – A final decision on a high-profile solar trade case is coming "pretty soon," President Donald Trump told Reuters on Wednesday. However he declined to say how harsh the potential trade duties would be. 

Trump noted the consequences of low-priced imports on domestic manufacturers in the interview: "You know, they dump 'em — government-subsidized, lots of things happening — they dump the panels, then everybody goes out of business." In a joint statement, the petitioners Suniva and SolarWorld applauded Trump's remarks: "Now the President can save and rebuild this great American industry and create thousands of jobs by immediately imposing 50 percent tariffs - the strongest tariffs possible."

Abigail Hopper, the president of the Solar Energy Industries Association, which has vehemently opposed any trade duties, sent a last minute letter imploring Trump not to impose strict duties on imported chrystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules. "Ironically, the very jobs we all want to grow, American manufacturing jobs, will retract as the number of projects are scaled back significantly," Hopper wrote. 

Read more at Utility Dive.

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