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How a trade complaint could crush the US solar industry

Auxin Solar has triggered a new spat in America’s trade war with China. It’s already derailing large-scale solar projects — and could create major headaches for Biden.

A couple weeks ago, Canary Media’s Eric Wesoff found himself in the parking lot of a company called Auxin Solar.

Auxin is a small American solar panel maker based in California. It manufacturers 150 megawatts of solar panels a year — less than 1% of the annual production of the biggest solar manufacturers. Despite its size, Auxin Solar just filed a petition with the U.S. government that could shake up the solar industry in a big way.

Auxin claims China is dodging U.S. tariffs by funneling products through other Asian countries like Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, and it wants the government to step in. The complaint is already derailing large-scale solar projects.

This week on The Carbon Copy: how a solar trade war that has spanned three presidencies is causing problems for a domestic solar market that relies heavily on overseas panels.

Guest: Eric Wesoff is the editorial director at Canary Media. Read his piece about Auxin Solar’s petition.

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