The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) released its decision on Section 201 tariffs on solar cells and modules, recommending a four-year extension of the solar tariff, with annual cuts of 0.25% Starting from February.
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) noted that the tariffs, imposed by President Trump in January 2018, had not boosted domestic manufacturing enough to meet U.S. solar demand. And it is this ability that is needed to help meet President Biden’s climate and energy goals. SEIA also pointed out that the tariffs also did not create jobs, instead leading to “significant” job losses.
SEIA Chief Executive Officer Abigail Ross Hopper commented on the proposal, stating that, “years of tariffs have not jostled the needle enough to justify the USITC’s recommendation ”. Noting that President Biden has set out a “bold vision” to become a world leader in clean energy, “extending these tariffs will prevent us from achieving that vision,” Hopper said. She urged the president to adopt a policy to expand manufacturing in the United States and acknowledged that Senator Ossoff’s amendment to the Build Back Better law is what she considers “the first investment our country has made for. really spur domestic solar production after years of punitive import duties on the United States. companies. “
She implored the president not to make “the same mistake” as the previous administration. “It’s time to let these inefficient tariffs end and begin a new era of US leadership in clean energy,” Hopper concluded.
SEIA notes that since Section 201 tariffs were imposed in 2018, the U.S. solar industry has “missed” more than 62,000 jobs, $ 19 billion in private sector investment and more than 10 GW of deployment. solar. Hopper warned that the tariff extension “will exacerbate supply chain bottlenecks that are already strangling the US clean energy industry.”
The president will make a final decision on whether to extend or end tariffs, potentially increasing U.S. deployment of clean energy.
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