SolarWorld calls foul on China's five-year solar plan
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The SolarWorld-led Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing said China's five-year solar plan calls for even more unfair practices.
As part of its campaign to support the trade case against China, SolarWorld on Wednesday published an analysis of the Chinese government's five-year plan for its solar industry.
The Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing, the SolarWorld founded group that's pursuing the unfair competition claim, said the plan, issued in February, calls for the Chinese government to further subsidize Chinese solar exports.
The plan's analysis was completed by Wiley Rein LLP of Washington, D.C., which is representing the coalition in advancing the trade case against what SolarWorld and others are calling illegal Chinese subsidies.
A preliminary decision made in March by the U.S. Department of Commerce called for tariffs on Chinese solar panels and sided with the coalition's claims.
"China is steamrolling American manufacturing and jobs and breaking its trade commitments in plain sight," said SolarWorld Industries America Inc. Gordon Brinser in a press release. "No wonder the American public has grown increasingly anxious about the state of U.S.-China trade. China is scoffing at international trade rules."
Opponents to the trade case say that inexpensive Chinese solar panels have spurred the adoption of solar energy in the U.S. and elsewhere.
SolarWorld, which keeps its global headquarters in Germany, employs about 1,000 people at its factory in Hillsboro.
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