WASHINGTON, D.C., June 13, 2012 — The following statement may be attributed to Gordon Brinser, president of SolarWorld Industries America Inc.:
"The new SEIA/GTM report, "U.S. Solar Market Insight: Q1 2012," confirms that many of the key trends that plagued the U.S. solar manufacturing industry in 2011 have continued into 2012. For example, the report notes that during the first quarter on 2012, U.S. solar panel production dropped by more than 50 percent year-over-year, falling from 335 MW to 160 MW. This trend unfolded, despite strong growth in demand. Moreover, panel pricing fell 47 percent in one year, despite the fact that prices for residential customers fell only 7.3 percent. The sharp drop in U.S. solar manufacturing, even as demand in the United States grows, is powerful evidence of injury caused by unfair Chinese trade practices.
"The 210-plus members of CASM strongly believe that it is in the United States' national interest to rebuild the American solar manufacturing industry once the Commerce Department makes its final determinations in the trade case. We believe that the best way to ensure the long-term vitality of the overall U.S. solar industry is to preserve a level playing field for U.S. solar manufacturing base through consistent enforcement of international trade agreements and through the development of a national strategy to keep pace with competing foreign industrial policies. We look forward to working with SEIA to find policy solutions to solve many of the key issues facing the industry."
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The Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing, founded by seven companies that manufacture solar cells and panels in the United States, includes about 210 employers of more than 17,000 workers that have registered their support for CASM's case. For details about CASM, go to www.americansolarmanufacturing.org; email media questions to email@example.com; other questions or comments may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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