Despite winning concessions from the Trump Administration in the Section 201 case, SEIA is still fighting.
President Trump’s tariff decision was not the worst-case scenario for the U.S. market, but GTM Research says that it will still have effects, particularly in marginal and emerging regional markets.
The proposal, which needs to be approved by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, could save $4,800 on the average residential rooftop array.
While it was not the worst case scenario, the solar industry is not at all pleased with the imposition of 30% tariffs in the first year.
The decision, released on U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s website, could keep current U.S. module manufacturers in business by keeping their cell lifelines open.
U.S. corporate procurement of renewables increased 16% last year, despite uncertainty around the future price of solar due to the trade case.
Over the past five years, the pattern of imports has moved away from China and towards Southeast Asia and Korea.
The widely praised program, largely under the auspices of Xcel Energy, continues to grow in capacity, with what the utility reports are significant rate-savings for participants.
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