Solar Power Death Wish
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.