However, one company in particular, SolarWorld has an outstanding complaint with the Commerce Department. The complaint is with regard to the supposed production of solar cells in Taiwan and then assembling the panels in China, therefore utilizing a loophole on tariffs imposed in 2012.
Due to the complaint process which the Commerce Department has to follow CASE’s can do very little to stop the complaint. CASE hopes that the White House will be able to use its powers of persuasion to bring SolarWorld to the negotiating table with the Chinese industry and other U.S. firms.
“What we really want is the administration to reach out to SolarWorld and find out what they want,” said George Hershman, a vice president at the San Diego based company Swinerton Renewable Energy.
CASE is endeavoring to show the White House that domestic solar manufacturing does not necessarily mean making solar panels. In the US nearly half of the solar workers are involved purely with installation, and another 30,000 work in manufacturing.
The Commerce Department is expected to release preliminary tariff levels in June of 2014.
Hershman added “if you haven’t written a check and purchased panels, you’re likely not getting them.”
CASE is also working to build bipartisan support on the Hill for a letter to pressure the administration to take action.