in News Departments > New & Noteworthy
print the content item

comments: 1

The U.S. Department of Labor has determined that all manufacturing employees laid off from SolarWorld Industries America Inc. as a result of the company's shutdown of its solar module production plant in Camarillo, Calif., in September are eligible for federal trade-adjustment assistance, including grants for education to retrain them for new work.

According to SolarWorld, it has also been determined that Chinese imports contributed to the factory shutdown. This conclusion followed an investigation earlier this year by the Department of Labor's Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance. The Labor Department may certify workers for trade-adjustment assistance only if it finds that an increase in competing imports "contributed importantly" to the decline in sales or production of a firm and to the cause for worker layoffs.

Many of the 186 laid-off SolarWorld employees are now expected to be able to tap federal assistance with job placement; expenses for job searches, relocation and retraining; income support during full-time retraining; and a tax credit on health insurance premiums.

Last October, SolarWorld led the filing of an anti-dumping complaint and countervailing-duty petition against China. In its next major ruling, the U.S. Department of Commerce is expected to announce May 17 whether the Chinese industry has dumped solar cells and panels on the U.S. market at artificially low prices to drive out U.S. competition and, if so, by what percentage margins. Those margins would thereafter be assessed as duties on imports of Chinese solar products to offset illegal trade practices.

Solaredge_id1360

Surrette Battery_id
Latest Top Stories

U.K. Solar To Build On Ground-Mount Foundation With Rooftop PV

The U.K. government has released part two of its solar strategy. IHS says the key message is continued support for the PV industry, but with the focus shifting away from ground-mount projects towards rooftop systems.


Judge Strikes Down Minnesota Clean Energy Law As Unconstitutional

Minnesota's Next Generation Energy Act, which sought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and promote renewable energy development, violates the Commerce Clause, a federal judge has ruled. Supporters vow to fight on.


U.S. To Dodge Solar Shortage This Year Despite Looming PV Tariffs

Existing PV manufacturing capacity should carry the U.S. solar sector through the year, even if anti-dumping duties are imposed on China and Taiwan this fall.


Advocate: Agency Does A 'Disservice' With U.S. Renewable Energy Projections

In a new report, the Sun Day Campaign says the U.S. can expect renewable energy to provide 16% of U.S. generating capacity by 2016, not 2040, as projected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.


In A Diverse Solar Marketplace, Some Say Specialization Is The Way To Go

Commercial and residential installers are beginning to find some truth behind an old adage: jack-of-all-trades, master of none.

Solar Promo_id1332
S&C Electric_id1352
WIP_id1320
Hilco_id1361