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SEIA Supports USTR Solar Trade Case Against India

Monday, Feb 10 2014

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WASHINGTON, DC -  Calling it “justified and necessary,” Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today, supporting the U.S. government’s decision to move forward with its World Trade Organization (WTO) case against India:

“We strongly support today’s decision by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to move forward with a WTO case against India’s solar local content requirement.  Localization barriers are a growing threat to U.S. solar exports and clearly violate WTO rules.  Over the past three years, the U.S. government has provided India every opportunity to remove restrictive and unfair marketplace requirements.  In the absence of any meaningful effort by India to find common ground, it’s now time for the WTO to finally resolve these long-festering issues.”

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About SEIA:

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2014, the Solar Energy Industries Association® is the national trade association of the U.S. solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA® is building a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies to champion the use of clean, affordable solar in America by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening the industry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.

Media Contacts:

Ken Johnson, SEIA Vice President of Communications, kjohnson@seia.org (202) 556-2885 
Samantha Page, SEIA Press Officer and Communications Manager, spage@seia.org (202) 556-2886

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