The governments of Mexico, Malaysia, and Turkey, as well as the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), NextEra Energy Resources, REC Americas, and others are stepping in to voice their opinions in the recently reignited debate on extending import tariffs. Solar energy equipment for shipment to the US market.
In a speech earlier this month, SEIA, the American Clean Energy Association, NextEra Energy and REC Americas expressed their opposition to extending safeguard measures. They urged the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) to reject some petitions asking the agency to extend these rules beyond the expiration date in February 2022.
The statement questioned Suniva’s petition, and Auxin Solar, Hanwha Q Cells USA, LG Electronics USA and Mission Solar Energy sought to extend tariff guarantees. The SEIA-led team questioned the claims that these five companies represent the views of the domestic solar industry in the United States. The group also noted that Suniva had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2017 and is currently not operating.
‘s request to deny the petition also states that Auxin Solar only produces modules at its 150 MW plant in San Jose, California, and does not produce batteries.
“Expanding this protection is essential for the United States to regain its leadership in solar power manufacturing and development,” said Auxin Solar.
The five companies filed two petitions with the ITC pursuant to Section 204 (c) of the Trade Act of 1974 and Part 206 Part F of the ITC Rules of Practice and Procedure. The two companies stated that they are representatives of the national industry that produces CSPV cells and modules and therefore are eligible to submit petitions. Mamun Rashid, Co-founder and Executive Director of
, said: “Expanding this protection is essential for the United States to regain its leadership in solar manufacturing and development, and represents a move towards achieving the broader independence of the United States from renewable energy. A key step towards the goal.” Aoxin Solar. When your company requests an extension.
Rashid stated that Auxin Solar was “committed to restructuring the solar supply chain” and submitted a petition, hoping that legislators “committed to achieving green energy independence and the promise of high-paying manufacturing jobs. This will happen.”
Auxin stated that its extension request It will prompt the U.S. International Trade Commission to determine whether safeguard remedies are still necessary and whether there is evidence that the industry is making positive adjustments to import competition. ITC is expected to report its decision to President Biden before December 8.
SEIAled‘s submission requesting the rejection of the petition stated that Suniva has not produced CSPV cells in the United States since the beginning of 2017, while Auxin Solar only assembles modules in the United States. Therefore, the submission stated that no applicant can file an application for batteries on behalf of the domestic industry, “because they are not domestic battery manufacturers, nor are they currently members of the domestic battery industry.”
In addition, the document states that Hanwha is Hanwha Chemical Corporation. A wholly-owned subsidiary of the company. In South Korea, the company initially opposed the safeguard measures. In September 2019, approximately 18 months after the safeguard measures were implemented, Hanwha opened a 1.7 GW module production facility in Dalton, Georgia. It imports CSPV cells for assembly into modules and is associated with US importers and major foreign producers in China, South Korea and Malaysia.
SEIA requested that, like Hanwha, LG Electronics’ US division initially opposed safeguards. However, LG Electronics USA began importing CSPV cells and modules from South Korea in February 2019 to support commercial production at a new module plant in Huntsville, Alabama, with an annual capacity of 500 MW. The document also stated that Mission Solar is a subsidiary of South Korea-based OCI Ltd.
Mission Solar, which started production in San Antonio, Texas in 2014, with a cell and module capacity of 100 MW. Later, it doubled in 2015 to 200 MW. The company closed its battery production line in 2016, but continues to assemble modules in the United States by importing batteries from Asia. According to the introduction, Mission Energy’s current module production capacity is 200 MW.
The document submitted by
stated that in terms of modules, Hanwha and LG Electronics USA started domestic production of CSPV modules in 2019, “in the middle of the warranty period.” He said that these companies opposed the initial request and “continued to import a large number of batteries to power their domestic production of modules.” Therefore, it stated that Hanwha and LG Electronics America could not submit petitions on behalf of the industry because they were in the initial investigation. It does not belong to the domestic module industry.
Regarding Mission Solar, the presentation stated that the company has the ability to produce approximately 200 megawatts of modules per year in the United States. Based on the total domestic module production capacity of 2,021 MW, Mission Solar accounts for approximately 9.9% of the domestic total module production capacity. In the context of the market, the presentation stated that Mission Solar will account for up to about 1.0% of the total installed capacity of 19.2 GW of solar energy in the United States in 2020.
disagrees with safeguard measures,” the introduction said.