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January 24, 2018

Trump signs solar tariffs, says no ‘trade war’

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-01-24 06:37:08

President Trump formally signed solar tariffs into law yesterday and declared “there won’t be a trade war.” Joined in the Oval Office by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Trump inked an executive action establishing a 30 percent tariff on solar panels imports. [ read more … ]

Solar tariff critics weigh legislative response

Geof Koss, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2018-01-24 06:39:00

Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), who in August led a bipartisan letter urging caution in initiating the tariffs, said yesterday he has had initial conversations with Sen. Thom Tillis of North Carolina, the lead Republican on that letter, about a path forward. “We’re looking at all our options and trying to figure out what we can do to push back on this, but it’s an unmitigated disaster of the president’s own making,” Heinrich told reporters yesterday. “This is not a partisan thing. Those jobs are where they are and there [is] certainty in New Mexico.” [ read more … ]

Trump’s Solar Tariffs Are Clouding the Industry’s Future

By ANA SWANSON and BRAD PLUMER. New York Times  •    •  Posted 2018-01-24 06:37:42

For those venturing into solar farming like Mr. Vinson, the future of this vibrant industry is now cloudy. On Monday, the Trump administration announced that it would impose steep tariffs on imported solar panels, which could raise the cost of solar power in the years ahead, slowing adoption of the technology and costing jobs. [ read more … ]

Trump’s Tariffs Won’t Break Bank for Homeowners Installing Solar

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2018-01-24 06:38:16

President Donald Trump’s solar tariffs probably won’t be a deal breaker for homeowners considering rooftop panels. The 30 percent duties on imported panels are only apt to increase the total cost of a typical residential rooftop system by about 3 percent, Bloomberg New Energy Finance analyst Hugh Bromley said. That’s because panels account for only about a quarter of the price of rooftop system. Other major costs include labor and marketing. [ read more … ]

Job creator, or job killer? Trump angers solar installers with panel tariff

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-01-24 06:38:40

U.S. President Donald Trump signed into law a steep tariff on imported solar panels on Tuesday, a move billed as a way to protect American jobs but which the solar industry said would lead to thousands of layoffs and raise consumer prices. The 30 percent tariff on solar panels is among the first unilateral trade restrictions imposed by the administration as part of a broader protectionist agenda to help U.S. manufacturers, but which has alarmed Asian trading partners that produce lower cost goods. The administration also introduced a tariff on imported washing machines.
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Fine print in Trump solar tariff holds some good news for Tesla

By Nichola Groom, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2018-01-24 06:39:18

Electric vehicle maker and solar installer Tesla Inc. said on Tuesday that it does not expect President Donald Trump’s solar tariff to have much impact on its high-tech solar manufacturing ambitions, thanks to a clause exempting a vast amount of solar panel components from the levies. Trump’s order, signed into law on Tuesday, imposes a 30 percent tariff on fully assembled imported solar panels as well as the cells of which the panels are made – a move intended to protect American jobs but which the solar industry worries will raise costs and trigger thousands of layoffs. [ read more … ]

Getting to ‘head-spinning’ low prices for U.S. offshore wind

By Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive  •    •  Posted 2018-01-24 06:39:41

Researchers and advocates in the U.S. say there are changes within reach that can bring offshore wind costs down. Wind builders are perfecting methods of identifying where the best winds are. The needed domestic supply chain will respond to the right market signals. And where the market goes, the money will eventually follow, they say. [ read more … ]

Massachusetts preps for RE prize

By Renewable Energy News  •    •  Posted 2018-01-24 06:40:05

Massachusetts will select the winners of a renewable energy call this week, with the mayor of New Bedford urging officials to approve Deepwater Wind’s offshore wind-battery storage project. The Revolution Wind scheme will generate $250m in economic benefits and create hundreds of construction jobs, Jon Mitchell said in a letter to regulators. [ read more … ]

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