Like many American industries, the solar industry has been hit hard by COVID-19. Compounding issues, including supply chain delays, tightening of tax equity markets, homeowners’ financial concerns, shelter-in-place orders, and permitting challenges are all placing tremendous pressure on the industry. Without strategic government action, U.S. jobs and economic investment will suffer. With the right policies in place, the solar industry is poised to lead the U.S. out of this economic recession and create jobs for thousands of Americans.
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:
The quarterly SEIA/Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables U.S. Solar Market InsightTM report shows the major trends in the U.S. solar industry. Learn more about the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report. Released March 17, 2020.
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On March 11, 2020, SEIA delivered a letter to the Trump Administration signed by more than 140 solar companies across the country, asking for continued economic growth opportunities in the advancement of mutual goals. The text of the letter is below, and you can download a PDF at the link above, which contains the full list of companies that signed on to this critical effort. Dear Mr. President:
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.
While this trade deal won’t do anything to relax the solar tariffs, it is a positive development for the U.S. solar industry.