Solar tariff not a show stopper

Jan 28, 2018, 00:36
Solar tariff not a show stopper

Silicon Ranch Corp. owns and operates more than 100 solar facilities across the U.S.in 14 states, generating a total of 450 MW. But he had been warned of its potentially harmful effects on US businesses and went ahead with them anyway, levying a 30 percent tariff on solar cells and panels made outside the United States.

The local solar industry is preparing to take on President Donald Trump's newly announced 30 percent tariff on solar panel imports.

Domestic solar developers reject the administration's claim that bargain imports are hurting them, and given that solar manufacturing has never been a particularly lucrative operation in the United States, the tariff appears futile. But SEIA says it expects the tariff will cost 23,000 U.S.jobs this year alone.

Meanwhile, the Trump administration approved a recommendation from the U.S. Trade Representative to impose tariffs on imports of solar cells and modules, mainly from China.

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The outcome of the case has ramifications for Washington, which has several manufacturers of solar-system components and electronics, as well as a huge chemical refinery in Moses Lake that makes a raw material - polysilicon - used in the manufacturing of solar cells.

SunPower solar panels are among the most efficient in the industry at transforming sunlight into electricity.

There's certainly a short-term tailwind for First Solar, but the company can use that to set itself up for long-term success. My optimism stems from the fact that the cost of solar has plunged more than 60 percent in the past seven years. "Many projects have been in the planning stages for months, if not years, and are not prepared to absorb the hit", she said. A sudden price increase such as the tariffs will hurt the adoption of "reliable, affordable energy for the future", she said.

Currently, "solar voltaic installer" topped the Bureau of Labor Statistics' list of occupations that are forecast to see the fastest growth through 2026, followed only by "wind turbine service technician". "All you're doing is you're putting thousands of jobs at risk for jobs that aren't coming back".

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The president targeted China because it's government paid for solar panel production, making them cheaper and pushing other manufacturers out of the market.

24 that the American Made Solar Prize would help "reassert American leadership in the solar marketplace". It has made no secret of its desire to promote coal, which the free market is quickly replacing with natural gas and renewables as fuel for electric generation. Federal energy policy needs to focus on shepherding the country toward renewable energy while helping areas economically reliant on fossil fuels to transition away from them.

On the other hand, Maureen McDonald, business development manager, Southland Energy, which is developing a solar microgrid at a school district in southern California, said that the solar tariffs will hurt systems like microgrids that incorporate solar energy. These tariffs represent another bite at the same spoiled apple. Not to mention buildings, bridges, tractors, construction equipment, trucks and countless other items large and small. Instead, they might actually discourage domestic investments in innovation, crucial to an American solar manufacturing revival.

Although the president's executive action drew criticism from Markey, former Vice President Al Gore, a Democrat and environmental activist, defended Trump's decision to impose new tariffs on solar imports, Politico reported.

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