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International Trade

As a trade association that represents 1,000 member companies across the entire solar supply chain, SEIA seeks to promote and protect the interests of the 9,000 U.S. companies engaged in the solar industry and the more than 250,000 American workers they employ. SEIA supports fair and free trade of solar equipment to grow the American solar industry, which is strengthening our national security and driving local and national economic growth.

SEIA fights for free and fair trade to support the U.S. solar industry

Section 201 Tariffs

In January 2018, President Trump announced new tariffs on imported solar cells and modules, following a months-long case at the International Trade Commission. These tariffs could result in the loss of 23,000 American jobs in 2018 alone.

Quick Facts
  • The effective date of the tariffs is February 7, 2018.
  • The tariff level was set at 30%, with a 5% declining rate per year over the four year term of the tariff.
  • The proclamation included a 2.5 gigawatt exemption for cells per year, which does not include any sub-quotas for individual countries.

American solar manufacturing is a diverse economic powerhouse that employs 38,000 workers.

U.S. Solar Manufacturing

There are more than 600 facilities in the United States that manufacture for the solar industry, supporting more than 38,000 jobs.

About U.S. Solar Manufacturing

The products manufactured for the solar industry in the United States include steel and polysilicon, inverters and trackers, cabling, wire management devices, combiner boxes, disconnects, and cells and panels. They fabricate racking and mounting and many of them are innovating every step of the way. These companies rely on high demand for solar products in the United States. Trade policies that raise prices do not help these U.S. manufacturers, they put them at risk. 

SEIA fights for trade policies that protect U.S. solar jobs

The Save America's Solar Jobs Campaign

SEIA led the fight against the Section 201 petition on behalf of America’s solar workers, including those who manufacture products here in the U.S.

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