SACE Statement: ITC Finds Injury to US Solar Manufacturers

Guest Blog | September 22, 2017 | Press Releases

Energy advocates warn billions in solar investments and thousands of jobs at risk in the Southeast

Contact: Jennifer Rennicks, SACE, 865-235-1448, [email protected]


Knoxville, Tenn. – Today the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) unanimously found that imported solar panels harm domestic solar manufacturers, so the decision on whether or not to impose tariffs for imported solar panels now goes to the Trump Administration. The ITC will submit formal recommendations to the White House by November and President Trump has two months to issue a final policy.

Dr. Stephen A. Smith, executive director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, issued this comment in response to this morning’s news:

“Utilities across the Southeast are currently planning to add over 4,000 megawatts (MW) of solar, which will represent over $4 billion in investments throughout our region. All those jobs, property values, and clean energy opportunities are now at serious risk given today’s decision.”


Founded in 1985, the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is a nonprofit organization that promotes responsible energy choices that work to address the impacts of global climate change and ensure clean, safe, and healthy communities throughout the Southeast. Learn more at