The Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM) is a consortium of about 250 employers of more than 22,000 Americans who support healthy competition, domestic manufacturing and sustainable production within the U.S. solar industry. CASM's members represent every part of the industry's value chain, including installers, project developers, manufacturers, shippers and suppliers. The coalition's central purpose is to uphold fair U.S. and international trade by opposing illegal trade practices in the solar industry such as improper and artificial underselling and illegal, export-oriented governmental subsidies. The coalition is led by SolarWorld, the largest U.S. manufacturer of crystalline silicon solar technology, the conventional form of solar panels that researchers for Bell Labs invented in the early 1950s. Taken as a whole, CASM members sustain thousands of U.S. jobs, directly and indirectly. CASM's website can be found at www.americansolarmanufacturing.org; its email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
SolarWorld is a solar pioneer, one of the world's largest solar-technology producers and the largest U.S. solar panel manufacturer for more than 35 years. In its technology, manufacturing, performance, service and environmental track record, the company is a solar industry leader. SolarWorld produces high-performance crystalline silicon solar cells and panels at its U.S. manufacturing plant in Hillsboro, Ore. There, the company employs more than 600 people and operates about 750,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space on a 103-acre site. Mukesh Dulani, president of SolarWorld Industries America Inc., leads SolarWorld's U.S. operations from the Hillsboro site. Worldwide, the company employs about 2,500 people, has its global headquarters in Bonn, Germany, and operates a manufacturing complex in Freiberg, Germany. The company, involved in all phases of the direct manufacturing value chain, also provides the full array of services required to undertake project-scale installations.
Wiley Rein (www.wileyrein.com) is a law firm based in Washington, D.C., that offers a unique integration of legal, regulatory, litigation and public policy expertise with an in-depth understanding of the business and technical foundation of the industries that it serves. Founded in 1983, Wiley Rein employs more than 275 attorneys at its offices in Washington and in McLean, Va. Wiley Rein's International Trade Practice, recognized by Chambers USA as one of the country's elite, represents clients in domestic and international trade regulation matters, market access issues and dispute resolution. Partner Tim Brightbill, lead attorney on the coalition trade case, has specialized in international trade law and policy for 15 years. Brightbill earned his law degree at Georgetown University Law Center, where he is also currently an adjunct professor, teaching international trade law and regulation.