Chuck Xu, global business director, DuPont Photovoltaics Solutions and Advanced Materials, issued the following statement in response to Suniva’s Section 201 petition to the US International Trade Commission (USITC) requesting the imposition of tariffs on solar cells and the establishment of a minimum price for solar modules imported into the United States:
“DuPont supports free and fair trade and a strong and sustainable solar industry that continues to create more skilled jobs. In fact, the US solar industry employs 260,000 Americans today.
DuPont strongly opposes Suniva’s Section 201 petition requesting relief from crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) cells and modules imported into the United States from around the world, including implementation of a tariff and price floor. If approved and implemented, this action and requested relief will double the price of imported CSPV modules and negatively impact the competitiveness and sustainability of the US solar market causing an estimated loss of 88,000 US jobs. DuPont is an active member of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and supports SEIA’s work to oppose the Section 201 petition. DuPont urges policy makers to resolve this matter without damaging the US solar industry and the jobs it provides.”
DuPont Photovoltaic Solutions (DPVS) is the leading supplier of specialty materials to the solar energy industry. Since 1975 more than half of the world’s 900 million installed solar panels contain DuPont materials. The DPVS portfolio, including DuPont Solamet photovoltaic metallization pastes and DuPont Tedlar polyvinyl fluoride films, is the established benchmark of the industry, delivering lifelong value through proven performance, reliability, efficiency and return on investment.
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