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4 Happy Thoughts about the Trump Solar Tariffs

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

I’ve talked about the many problems with President Trump’s recent decision to tax imports of solar cells and modules. I’m an optimist by nature, though, so I’m always looking for the silver lining. Here are four theories I’ll be testing with my sunny-side take on all this: Solar will grow, solar jobs will grow, the solar industry is strong, and we are strong.

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The Facts About Trump’s Solar Tariffs – Who Gets Hurt? Who Gets Helped?

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

The solar-related shoe we’ve been expecting has finally dropped: President Trump recently announced new taxes on imported solar cells and modules. There’s plenty of downside to his decision, in terms of solar progress, momentum, and jobs. But will it revive US manufacturing?

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Why the Solar Tariff Slows Clean Energy Progress and Hurts California Workers

, senior analyst, Clean Energy

Yesterday President Trump imposed a new tariff on imported solar photovoltaic (PV) cells and modules. More than 80% of all US solar installations rely on foreign solar modules, mostly from Asia.  The intent of President Trump’s tariff is purportedly to give made-in-the-U.S.A solar panels a boost and support U.S. solar manufacturers. The problem is, of the approximately 260,000 solar jobs in the country, only about 8,000 are in manufacturing. So increasing the cost of solar panels for the majority of U.S. solar companies will have a negative impact on workers that install, operate, and repair solar equipment. Read more >

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The Future of Solar is in the President’s Hands. It *Should* Be an Easy Call

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

The saga of the would-be solar tariffs that just about nobody wants is continuing, and I can’t help but be struck by the disconnect between some of the possible outcomes and the administration’s purported interest in rational energy development for America. If President Trump believes what he says, deciding not to impose major tariffs shouldn’t be a tough decision. Read more >

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Who Would Lose with New Suniva/SolarWorld Solar Tariffs? Just About Everybody

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

A recent decision by the US International Trade Commission (USITC) in favor of two solar manufacturers means that new tariffs on solar cells and panels could be coming. As the reactions from companies and organizations across the economy—and across the political spectrum—make clear, that’s bad news for just about everyone, including you and me. Read more >

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