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Swinerton Builders San Diego: February 13, 2012

CHINA TRADE WAR COULD AFFECT U.S. JOBS IN SOLAR SECTOR

By George Hershmann

 A German-owned company with a facility in Oregon has filed a trade complaint with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission, demanding new tariffs of up to 150 percent on solar panels and cells imported from China.

“Chinese manufacturing versus U.S. manufacturing” makes an easy sound bite. But it misses the mark. If punitive tariffs are imposed on imported solar panels and cells, the real losers will be the American construction workers who are building solar systems in this country.

With unemployment at 8.5 percent throughout the workforce and 16 percent in construction, the solar industry is a bright star in a cloudy economy. The solar industry has been growing at a rate of 6.8 percent a year, while the entire economy, including the construction industry, has expanded by less than 1 percent annually.

To read George's entire article featured in UT San Diego click the link below:

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/feb/10/tp-china-trade-war-could-affect-us-jobs-in-solar/?page=1#article