BREAKING: ITC finds "serious injury" in Section 201 case

Today pv magazine USA brings you special coverage of the U.S. International Trade Commission decision

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Installers react with disappointment to USITC decision

No matter what the segment, the decision did not receive rave reviews.
Markets & Policy

USITC finds serious injury in Section 201 trade case

In the most anticipated decision since the Investment Tax Credit vote in 2015, the industry now braces to see what sanctions the USITC will recommend to President Trump on November 13.

Markets & Policy

You can’t ignore it anymore: An interview with GTM Research’s Cory Honeyman

In this exclusive interview with pv magazine, GTM Research Associate Director of U.S. Solar Cory Honeyman give his perspective on what today’s ruling by the ITC means – and where we are headed now.

Installations

D-Day: USITC to rule on Section 201, injury phase

pv magazine provides you with a timeline on how we got to today’s vote.

Markets & Policy

Four U.S. governors urge ITC to reject the Suniva/SolarWorld petition

Only a day before the decision, four governors from leading solar states expressed their opposition to the Section 201 trade case. But will political pressure be enough?

Markets & Policy

Section 201: Abigail Hopper on SEIA’s fight against the trade case (video)

This exclusive interview from the SPI trade show explores how SEIA under Abigail Hopper has come out hard and strong against the Section 201 trade case – and what she plans to do in the event of an injury finding.

Installations

Miltary vets beg USITC to dismiss trade petition

Arguing that a decision in favor of Suniva/SolarWorld could impair military readiness and resiliency, 14 former military personnel sent a letter to the U.S. International Trade Commission yesterday asking them to dismiss the Section 201 trade complaint.

Markets & Policy

Citigroup to go 100% renewable by 2020

The commitment by the 4th-largest bank in the United States follows on an earlier sustainable economy financing commitment

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Markets & Policy

Featured

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