Is the U.S. About to Enter a New Solar Trade Dispute?

by Shayle Kann

Suniva’s Bankruptcy Filing and Potential Trade Petition

On April 17, Suniva filed a Chapter 11 petition for bankruptcy. As part of its declaration, Suniva stated that it has raised post-petition financing from SQN Asset Servicing, LLC, contingent on Suniva prosecuting a petition under Section 201 of the Trade Act of 1974. A successful petition via Section 201 would have an intentionally adverse impact on imported solar modules, although the full scope of the petition is not yet public.

This new subscriber-only research note provides an overview of Section 201, the state of the U.S. solar module manufacturing industry, and the wide-ranging potential impact of a filing from Suniva and subsequent case on the U.S. solar industry.

4/26/2017: This note has been updated to include the findings from Suniva’s petition filed on April 26th.

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Shayle Kann Senior Advisor

Shayle Kann advises GTM Research, the market analysis, advisory and consulting division of Greentech Media. GTM Research analyzes and forecasts the dynamics impacting the transformation of the global electricity sector. An expert on next-generation energy, he has presented at conferences around the world, been featured in publications such as The Economist, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Forbes, Bloomberg, Reuters, and Financial Times, spoken at Harvard, Yale, MIT and Columbia, and testified in front of the U.S. House of Representatives.

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