Milwaukee-based solar manufacturer Helios Solar Works has publicly declared its participation as a founding member of the Coalition for American Solar Manufacturing (CASM).
The seven-company CASM, which filed an anti-dumping complaint and countervailing-duty petition against China last fall, is led by SolarWorld. Until now, all of the participants except SolarWorld had remained anonymous.
‘We have supported these trade cases from the beginning, and we are pleased to publicly declare that support,’ says Steve Ostrenga, CEO of Helios Solar Works.
Helios is among a dozen U.S. solar manufacturers that have been forced to downsize as a result of Chinese imports of solar cells and modules, according to the CASM. However, the company has kept its production running, with 50 MW of annual module production capacity in Milwaukee.
The next step in the Chinese trade case is a preliminary determination by the U.S. Department of Commerce on March 19 (to be announced March 20) on whether to levy countervailing import duties to offset the effects of any illegal Chinese subsidies.