Solar industry girds for a battle over trade policy

Costa Nicolaou of PanelClaw has indeed gone above and beyond the call of duty in his efforts to ensure the continuing success of the solar industry (“Trump casts a long shadow on the solar industry,” Business, Dec. 5). We have done our best to support him from our position as an emerging solar industry manufacturer, and will continue to do so as we move into the final phase of the Section 201 trade actions.

Solar and the renewable energy industry at large are now competitive with conventional electricity generation in many parts of the United States. Solar manufacturing in this country has shifted from the near-commodity solar module to high-value components such as mounting hardware and power electronics, where innovation still matters. This is a standard pattern that parallels that which was seen previously in semiconductors and household electronics.

Innovation is our strong suit, and protectionist trade policies will do nothing but weaken the domestic industry. I look forward to working with our colleagues in the industry to continue the expansion of solar throughout the country.

Les Fritzemeier

President and CEO

Tessolar Inc.