US solar firms file trade complaint against China

By the Associated Press | October 22, 2011 | 5:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A group of seven U.S. solar panel companies have filed a federal trade complaint against Chinese companies they accuse of dumping solar products on global markets to depress prices.

The U.S. solar companies filed their case Wednesday with the Department of Commerce and International Trade Commission. The complaint asks the government to impose tariffs of well over 100 percent on Chinese solar imports, said Greg Stanko, a spokesman for the U.S. companies.

The group of U.S. solar manufactures said in a statement that China is unfairly subsidizing its industries.

The Chinese Embassy did not return a message seeking comment Wednesday.