President Trump now must decide what action to take after the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) prepared specific recommendations in a Section 201 trade case brought by Suniva and Solar World. Those recommendations included tariffs on imports of photovoltaic cells, which the two petitioning companies said are damaging to the domestic solar industry. But, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), as many as 80,000 American jobs will be lost if the petitioners get their way. “We’re working very hard with the administration to see if we can avoid an artificial tax that everybody knows, at the end of the day, will be paid by ratepayers and will be damaging to tens of thousands of jobs across the country,” Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., said in a Nov. 2 radio interview. The president can reject, accept or change the ITC’s proposal. He has until the end of the year to decide.
Solar coalition asks Trump to deny Suniva, SolarWorld bailout