The Trump administration is considering tariffs on Chinese solar panels.
President Donald Trump is expected to announce a decision soon that will affect everyone from the roof repairs industry to major solar manufacturers.
At issue is whether the administration will impose tariffs on solar panel imports. The decision could have far-reaching implications on the cost of solar installation. National Public Radio reports:
Some U.S. manufacturers have complained that cheap imports are forcing them out of business, while domestic installers oppose tariffs because cheap, imported solar panels have driven the industry’s recent growth.
If President Trump decides to move forward with tariffs, the decision would represent a critical step in his trade agenda and help fulfill his campaign promise to revive U.S. manufacturing, says Julia Pyper, senior editor at Greentech Media. But the decision has caused a sharp divide in the U.S. solar panel industry, pitting manufacturers against installers.
“The solar case happened to be one of the first opportunities for the Trump administration to roll out their tough on China, tough on trade kind of campaign promise,” she tellsHere & Now’s Peter O’Dowd. “But it happens to be a very complex case with people on all sides coming out against this.”
As the issue is debated, U.S. solar companies have a long-shot proposal of their own, Bloomberg reports:
Since 2012, the U.S. has been collecting duties on panels imported from China. American solar companies are pushing to divvy up that money between manufacturers and suppliers in both the U.S. and China as part of a deal that, they say, could effectively reset solar-trade relations between the two nations.
The proposal, which trade experts describe as a long shot at best, would call for Trump to drop existing duties on solar panels — and for the president to not levy new ones. China, in turn, would abandon its own tariffs on U.S. polysilicon, a key solar-panel ingredient. There would be many hurdles to making it all happen. Chief among them, of course, is convincing Trump to take a conciliatory stance with China. Yet solar companies say the deal would fit squarely into the president’s agenda.
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