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BREAKING: U.S. trade authorities to investigate solar cells from Jinko, LONGi, REC

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You heard us right: another trade investigation. This time the ITC will look at cells made by LONGi, JinkoSolar and REC Group, based on claims by Hanwha Q Cells that the companies have infringed on its PERC technology.

Since President Trump took office the U.S. solar industry has endured 30% global tariffs on solar cells and modules under Section 201, global tariffs on steel and aluminum under Section 232, tariffs on Chinese inverters under Section 301 and tariffs on Chinese solar cells, also under Section 301.

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These are in addition to the anti-dumping and countervailing duties on solar cells and modules from China and Taiwan launched in two separate rounds in 2012 and 2014 under the Obama Administration.

And today the U.S. International Trade Commission has launched yet another trade investigation, this time narrowly focused on three cell and module makers – JinkoSolar, LONGi and REC Group* – based on a claim by Hanwha Q Cells that these companies have infringed on the company’s specific form of Passivated Emitter and Rear Cell (PERC) design.

This follows on the filing of lawsuits by Hanwha Q Cells against the three manufactureres in courts in both Delaware and Germany.

The ITC investigation is being launched under the auspices of Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, which governs both patent infringement and unfair trade. Through this investigation, Hanwha Q Cells is seeking to bar these companies from importing their PERC cells into the U.S. market.

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