But SolarWorld and Suniva find themselves fiercely opposed by much of the solar industry in the US, including the largest trade group, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). SEIA has argued increasing the prices of panels through tariffs will set back the solar industry for years, hurting companies that buy and install solar panels, or make solar-related products. The trade group estimates a loss of as many as 88,000 jobs, or a third of the current solar work force, if Suniva and SolarWorld's requests come to pass. The group accuses the two companies of using the rare trade action to save themselves, at the expense of the rest of the industry. What's at stake? For both sides, the immediate future of the fast-growing solar industry in America. Bret Sowers, a utility-scale solar farm developer, calls the trade case an "eminent threat" to his business. Projects like his are reliant on how low a price per watt cost they can offer utility firms. Their competition is not just other solar firms, but coal and wind, natural gas and nuclear energy. New solar capacity doubled between 2015 and 2016 and such large-scale projects drove more than half the growth.
Member of Red Cross Jump Team to help those affected by Hurricane Maria PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Colin Williams packed only the essentials. "Taking one bed sheet, that's all I need he said. "I was told to pack everything that I can carry long distances. I do have a lot of communications gear, a lot of batters, a lot of things like that because knowing there is no power." The regional communications manager of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Red Cross returned from Atlanta where he assisted victims of Hurricane Harvey, and this morning was deployed to help victims of Hurricane Maria. "Tomorrow morning [I'll] board either a military transport or a FEMA charter aircraft and be assigned to either Puerto Rico or the Virgin Islands," Williams said. "I think what we are going to try to do is procure a vehicle and try to get out into areas and provide mass care. That is what our assignment is; mass care is really shelter and food that's helping people that have nothing and trying to get them back on their feet. Really, if you think about it, the most basic level at this point." A typical deployment for employees and volunteers is two weeks, but since the need is so dire, Williams expects to be gone for at least three weeks. He signed a hardship contract that shows he fully understands there will be a lack of power and water, but he says helping other is what matters most.