Solar Import Tariff Proposal Splits the Industry

Green dumping.

Watts Up With That?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

President Trump is expected to rule imminently on a petition by US solar manufacturer Suniva to impose tariffs on cheap imports of solar panels.

Prospect of Trump tariff casts pall over U.S. solar industry

Reuters Jul. 25, 2017, 1:03 AM

By Nichola Groom

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. solar companies are snapping up cheap imported solar panels ahead of a trade decision by the Trump administration that could drive up costs and cloud the fortunes of one of the economy’s brightest stars.

The White House would not comment on the solar trade case. But the administration has vowed to protect steelmakers and other U.S. manufacturers by penalizing “unfair” imports.

That has the solar industry bracing for the worst. Panic buying has sent spot prices for solar panels up as much as 20 percent in recent weeks as installers rush to lock up supplies ahead…

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