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Preliminary Tariffs on Chinese PV Products Drive Stion to Accelerate Solar Panel Manufacturing Capacity

published: 2014-06-12 14:57

Stion, a U.S.-based manufacturer of high-efficiency thin-film solar modules and provider of PV solar solutions, plans to increase manufacturing capacity of its next generation Elevation™ Series CIGS solar modules for the second half of 2014, and continue to ramp up for increased 2015 demand precipitated by the news of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s (DOC) preliminary tariffs on Chinese solar modules shipped to the U.S.

Stion’s high-efficiency Elevation™ Series CIGS thin-film modules are designed in San Jose, California and manufactured in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, with distribution in the U.S. and internationally. Founded in June of 2006 in Menlo Park, California, Stion is dedicated to providing high efficiency solar using next generation CIGS technology and state of the art manufacturing.

The U.S. DOC’s announcement in countervailing duty investigation (CVD) for solar products imported into the U.S. from China will effectively raise the prices. The “anti-dumping” tariff will significantly increase prices for developers utilizing Chinese-made products for solar installations in all major segments, Utility, Commercial and Residential. Many projects may subsequently be delayed or lose funding if Internal Rates of Return are adversely affected and the developers are unable to locate a cost-effective, non-Chinese-made technology alternative.

“We understand that this preliminary tariff will put a strain on the U.S. solar market as current major Chinese solar equipment supplier pricing increases from 18 to 35%, with the average Chinese supplier prices increasing by 27%,” stated Stion President and Chief Executive Officer Chet Farris. “Stion is committed to provide the highest quality U.S. designed and U.S. manufactured solar technologies. We are ramping up our operations to meet the needs of our domestic customers in the near term and for the growing U.S. solar market over the years to come.”

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