Last week marked one year since the Trump administration implemented steep tariffs on imported solar cells and modules, ending nearly a year of turmoil and uncertainty for the solar industry and its quarter-of-a-million workers.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, The Solar Foundation issued the National Solar Jobs Census 2018, which reports an overall decline of nearly 8,000 solar jobs nationwide compared to 2017. After seven years of steady growth, this is the second year in a row that solar jobs have declined, which the report largely attributes to the solar tariffs that the Trump administration imposed in early 2018 and the uncertainty that solar companies faced in the lead up to this trade decision.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In comments filed today with the United States Trade Representative, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) expressed support for product exclusions from tariff coverage under the Solar Products Safeguard measure for products that are not, and are not expected to be, manufactured in adequate quantities here in the United States. Following is a statement from SEIA’s President and CEO, Abigail Ross Hopper:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on the impact of possible steel and aluminum tariffs on the solar industry and the relationship between steel tariffs and those imposed on solar products: “As President Trump prepares to issue an official decision on tariffs for steel and aluminum products, we want to remind him that the net loss of jobs and the cancellation of projects as a result of his solar tariffs are real and causing damage to America’s energy economy.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Following is statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on President Trump’s speech in Davos, Switzerland today:
SEIA and its members express disappointment in the decision by President Trump to impose 30 percent tariffs on imported solar cells and panels.
SEIA President and CEO Sends Personal Plea to Pres. Trump to Preserve Solar Jobs by Rejecting High Tariffs
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) President and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper sent a letter to President Donald Trump today reminding him of the tens of thousands of U.S. solar workers, including American manufacturers, whose jobs will be lost if high tariffs are implemented.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today in Washington, President Trump’s top trade adviser held a public hearing on the Section 201 solar trade case. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), solar companies, utilities and many others showed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the Trade Policy Staff Committee that tariffs on solar imports would deal a deep, self-inflicted wound to the American economy and help two foreign-based companies and their hedge fund investors. Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA:
SEIA Gives Pres. Trump Plan to Make America First in Manufacturing, National Security and Solar Job Growth
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) today released a blueprint to put America First on economic growth, jobs, manufacturing and national security. SEIA’s America First Plan for Solar Energy recommends six steps President Trump can take to maintain the solar industry’s booming growth. The plan starts with the president’s rejection of tariffs, which would increase the cost of solar, sacrifice tens of thousands of American jobs and raise electricity prices for consumers and businesses.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the body that represents State Public Service Commissioners in charge of regulating utilities across the country, formally adopted a resolution urging the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”) to carefully consider the harm that American consumers would face from proposed trade remedies, including tariffs.