Solar World USA inks supply deal

SolarWorld USA has signed a supply deal with RGS Energy for solar panels that the nationwide installer will utilize to fill turnkey contracts for commercial, residential and utility customers.

The companies did not make public financial terms of the deal, which takes effect on 1 July.

SolarWorld will supply high-power, all-black solar panels that will be manufactured at its Hillsboro, Oregon, plant.

“This new partnership furthers SolarWorld’s strategy of incrementally growing our business in the U.S. market through multiple channels,” says Mukesh Dulani, president of SolarWorld USA.

 Kam Mofid, chief executive of RGS Energy, says the deal will enable it to offer customers more “domestically produced products of outstanding quality and performance as well as mitigate exposure to recently imposed import tariffs.”

The US government earlier this month announced preliminary countervailing duties on Chinese and Taiwanese kit. It expects to follow these in July with anti-dumping duties and finalize them this autumn.

Since 2012, when the US imposed its first round of duties on Chinese cells, Chinese PV manufacturers have bought cells from Taiwan and then exported modules to the US from mainland China. The new duties would shut off that “loophole.”

SolarWorld had taken the lead in fighting for the US to take action.