So­lar Power Death Wish

Khaleej Times - - OPINION -

Bil­lions of dol­lars in tax­payer sub­si­dies haven’t made the US so­lar in­dus­try com­pet­i­tive, and now two com­pa­nies want to make it even less so. Su­niva Inc., a bank­rupt so­lar-panel maker, and Ger­man-owned So­larWorld Amer­i­cas have pe­ti­tioned the US In­ter­na­tional Trade Com­mis­sion (ITC) to im­pose tar­iffs on for­eign-made crys­talline sil­i­con pho­to­voltaic cells. So­lar cells in the US sell for around 27 cents a watt. The pe­ti­tion­ers want the gov­ern­ment to dou­ble the cost of the main com­po­nent used in the US so­lar in­dus­try. So­lar elec­tric­ity prices could rise by some 30 per cent if the ITC says they’ve been in­jured by for­eign com­pe­ti­tion, a de­ci­sion is due by Sept. 22.

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