Sep 29 (Businesshala) – The US Commerce Department on Wednesday asked a group of unnamed domestic solar manufacturers for additional information before it considers requests to impose tariffs on panels produced in three Southeast Asian countries.
The move delays the department’s decision that was expected this week.
US solar project developers have lobbied vigorously against any commerce probe into the new tariffs, saying the probe alone would shock foreign solar producers and cripple one of the country’s fastest-growing sectors.
In a letter to the group’s lawyer, Timothy Brightbill, the department set an October 6 deadline for answering a series of questions from the so-called American Solar Manufacturers Against Chinese Circumvention.
A question asks the group members to identify themselves.
The department said it would issue a decision within 45 days of receiving the response.
Brightbill did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
America’s top solar business group, the US Solar Energy Industries Association, said it was disappointed that the department did not dismiss the group’s plea outright.