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The U.S. solar industry is holding its collective breath as it awaits the outcome of a section 201 trade petition, filed in April, by bankrupt manufacturer Suniva. While Suniva is requesting trade barriers and punitive tariffs on imported solar cells and modules, downstream participants in solar stand to lose in terms of jobs, investment activity, and more broadly, dampened momentum in this previously fast-growing renewable space. What is a 201 petition and why has Suniva filed one? What is the likelihood given the current political climate of this petition being approved? What are the potential implications for the US solar market if this petition is approved?

In this Spark – Energy Insight Long Shadows Over Solar, FTI Intelligence – fresh from the country’s biggest solar trade show – summarizes the trade petition put forth by Suniva in context, analyzes the potential market impacts of trade tariffs and other barriers and presents FTI Intelligence’s viewpoint regarding the future of solar manufacturing in the U.S. if this petition were to be approved.

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