FYI: Bifacial solar module tariff exemption still has some life following temporary order, says SEIA


Accoring to an update sent out by Abigail Ross Hopper, CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), the association intervened in a case at the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) two weeks ago, seeking to block the U.S. government from revoking the exclusion for bifacial modules from the Section 201 solar safeguard tariffs.

Here are the details from Hopper:

We are challenging the U.S. government’s decision to revoke the exclusion without proper notice and comment procedures.

Today, the CIT imposed a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the bifacial module exemption revocation. This TRO will expire on November 21, 2019 (unless renewed) or upon the Judge’s ruling on the preliminary injunction, if that takes place first.

This is a very positive development for the industry, but it is only the beginning. The CIT will hold a hearing next week on a preliminary injunction and we expect a decision from the CIT shortly thereafter on whether it will block the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) decision to revoke the bifacial module exclusion. We will let you know as soon as this decision has been made.

SEIA continues to lobby the Trump Administration and Members of Congress in support of the bifacial exclusion. We are also actively involved in the midterm review and will be filing briefs and appearing at the U.S. International Trade Commission’s December 5th hearing.

— Solar Builder magazine


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