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PV Magazine: Coalition coalesces around fighting Sunvia’s Section 201 trade case

NTMA and PMA mentioned in PV Magazine 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

It’s nice to know (Sir Issac) Newton’s First and Third Laws of Motion are still operable nearly four centuries after his death.


The world-renowned scientist, known to most children as the man who discovered the theory of gravity after being hit on the head by a falling apple, also proposed three laws of motion, including his:


First Law: Law of Inertia, which states that ‘every object in motion will stay in motion until acted upon by an outside force’; and

Third Law: For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Proof that these laws also apply to the solar industry came yesterday, when an extensive and varied group of associations and companies came together to form the Energy Trade Action Coalition (ETAC) in direct reaction to Suniva’s Section 201 trade petition, currently pending before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and which will eventually end up on President Donald J. Trump’s desk if the ITC finds injury. It also plans to be the ‘outside force’ that lobbies against moving the petition forward.


Frank Maisano, a spokesman for the group, said that the coalition membership will consist of a variety of trade associations, individual companies and venture capital groups. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is a founding member, as is residential solar installer Sunrun. It’s not just members of the solar industry, however, who have joined  ETAC.


Other coalition members include the National Tooling and Machining Association, the International Council of Shopping Centers, the Precision Metalforming Association, Johnson Controls, Seminole Financial Services and McCalmont Engineering.  Maisano added that large retailers like Wal-Mart have also expressed interest.


This list is not all-inclusive but is representative of the industries and companies currently involved.

Read more here.