China imports solar cells and panels to the United States of America. However, these solar products are sold way cheaper than their local counterparts. Upon careful inspection, the solar panels imported from China were made from solar cells which they got sourced from Taiwan. Using solar cells sourced from third countries is a direct violation of international trade laws. Because of this, the Federation of American Solar Manufacturers has filed a case against Chinese importers of solar products. The cases that they filed were against antidumping and countervailing duties.
The filing of the case was a significant step in the American solar manufacturing industry. For the information of the public, more than 20 solar companies have closed down since America began importing solar products from China. This means a loss of jobs for hundreds if not thousands of Americans. Because these products are being sold at a cheaper price, the demand for Chinese solar products rose to almost 50%. This is killing the local solar manufacturing industry as local companies suffer deficits and losses year after year. If this goes on, more companies will be forced to shut down, more Americans will lose their jobs, and our market will be infiltrated with substandard solar products coming from China. That is the Federation of American Solar Manufacturers filed the cases and asked the government to save the local industry for solar power.
Support the petition of the Federation of American Solar Manufacturers to save the local solar manufacturing industry by visiting change.org and signing your name in our letter of appeal. If we win this case, it would mean a win not just for the business community but for all those people who are employed with solar manufacturing companies. It is also a win for our country and our planet.