A recent joint report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory finds that installed PV system prices in Japan are 6% lower than U.S. prices in the residential sector, and 20% lower than U.S. prices in the small commercial sector. Some of this difference is attributed to lower soft costs in Japan.
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WASHINGTON, DC - Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), released the following statement today in support of efforts by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods:
Local content provisions are used to boost domestic manufacturing and jobs by requiring that a certain percentage of local goods and services are used in renewable energy projects to be eligible for government support.
Local content provisions are generally considered trade-distorting measures and are prohibited under the rules of the WTO. Local content provisions inhibit the free flow of solar products and disadvantage foreign producers who wish to benefit from government programs by effectively blocking out their imports.