Solar, clean energy groups call on Biden to ease tariffs

Source: BY KELSEY TAMBORRINO, Politicoi • Posted: Tuesday, February 23, 2021

The Solar Energy Industries Association and the American Clean Power Association, both trade associations, on Monday called on Biden to revoke a presidential proclamation issued last year that stiffened penalties on imported solar tariffs. Former President Donald Trump’s action in October raised the 2021 tariff to 18 percent, from the 15 percent it would have been, and rescinded a loophole created for two-sided panels used in utility-scale solar projects. Trump imposed the four-year tariff in 2018, and it is in its final year. “The good news is that it is not too late — or difficult — to course correct,” the groups said in a letter. By rescinding the order, “your Administration will restore business certainty and immediately kickstart one of America’s most promising industries.”

Or not: Biden, who has made clean energy promises but also holds little love for China, also has the option of extending the tariff for additional years. As part of its midterm review of the tariff, the U.S. International Trade Commission included the option of adding more years.