WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the U.S. Trade Representative called for removing Section 201 tariff exclusions for bifacial solar modules. Following is a statement from John Smirnow, vice president of market strategy & general counsel for the Solar Energy Industries Association:
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. solar workforce grew by 2.3% in 2019, adding 5,643 jobs in the industry’s second year under Section 201 tariffs, according to the National Solar Jobs Census 2019 released today by The Solar Foundation. The U.S. solar industry now employs 249,983 Americans, up from 244,340 in 2018. The new numbers account for jobs in Puerto Rico over the last two years.
The U.S. International Trade Commission today sent its mid-term review of the Section 201 solar tariffs to President Trump. The Commission’s report assesses the economic impact of the Section 201 tariffs on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells and modules.
While this trade deal won’t do anything to relax the solar tariffs, it is a positive development for the U.S. solar industry.
Tariffs on imported solar cells and modules have led to the loss of more than 62,000 U.S. jobs and $19 billion in new private sector investment.
The International Trade Commission is seeking responses to a questionnaire that will inform their evaluation of the tariffs on imported solar cells and panels stemming from Suniva’s 2017 petition. This is an extremely important opportunity to provide accurate information to the ITC and ensure that their analysis is reflective of current solar market dynamics.
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.
BOSTON, MA (February 7, 2018) - As the Commonwealth’s solar industry continues to fend off attacks at the state and federal levels, a report released today by The Solar Foundation notes that Massachusetts solar jobs saw a double-digit decline in 2017, marking the second year in a row of solar job losses.
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: