U.S. solar panel manufacturing is not dead

By Kelly Pickerel When Suniva announced its shutdown earlier this year, many proclaimed the U.S.-manufactured panel industry as dead. “Not so fast,” said SolarWorld Americas, the largest U.S. crystalline-silicon solar manufacturer for the last 40 years, until its Germany parent company filed for insolvency one month later. The American division says it will still carry on with a few less employees, but the PR damage to the market had been tremendous.
Now add in the Suniva and SolarWorld-sponsored petition for trade tariffs on foreign panels. The petition asks the U.S. government to set a minimum price of 78 cents per watt on foreign panels,

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