solar industry braces for job losses as trump puts fees on imported panels
Over the past five years, the US solar industry has boomed to become a reliable engine of employment, and has given hope to policymakers trying to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
But late Monday afternoon, President Donald Trump approved import fees, which analysts say will lead to soaring solar panel prices and stop growing at a faster rate than in the United States. S. economy.
\"Making the United States look strong against China is a political feed and also protecting jobs in the United States,\" said Noah Ginsberg, a director in New York --
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According to Huffington Post, solar panels are installed in the income community.
\"But the local reality is that the imposition of these tariffs will undermine jobs in the United States and have a negative impact on anyone who wants to participate in clean energy and benefit from it.
Solar has created 50 new jobs in the United States. S.
In 2016, with the help of imported solar panels that significantly reduced prices. (
This number will be higher in 2017;
Its report on last year\'s data will be released in a few weeks. )
These jobs are mainly for companies that install solar panels on the roof, as well as building large solar farms for utilities and big companies.
At the same time, domestic solar panel manufacturers have also suffered losses, unable to compete with cheaper competitors abroad.
Last year, Suniva, Georgia
A manufacturer owned by a Chinese company filed a trade complaint with the United States. S.
Committee on International Trade (ITC)
After declaring bankruptcy, he thought it was impossible to compete with cheap imports.
May in SolarWorld, Oregon-
A subsidiary of a German panel manufacturer joined the complaint.
The companies asked the White House to charge imported panels under the 1974 Trade Act to raise the price of solar cells from 33 cents per watt to 78 cents.
Instead, Trump approved a 30% fee for all imported solar panels, down 5% per year over four years.
The decision was in line with the recommendation made by the International Trade Centre in October, which Suniva called \"disappointing \".
\"About half of the solar equipment used in the United StatesS.
It is expected to come from overseas this year.
According to new calculations from GTM Research, a renewable energy market data company, these costs are expected to reduce solar installations by 10% in five years.
The solar industry association, a trade organization, said tariffs in the solar installation and manufacturing sector would cost 23,000 people a year alone.
\"Although in this case, the tariff will not create enough battery or module manufacturing to meet the needs of the United StatesS.
Demand, or keep foreign
With Suniva and SolarWorld, they will cause a crisis in part of our booming economy and will eventually cost tens of thousands of pounds. working, blue-
The chief executive of SEIA, Abigail Ross Hopper, said in a heavily worded press release.
Suniva and SolarWold \"praised\" Trump in a joint statement, but urged him to add the first
The annual tariff is 50%.
\"Our companies and workers are pleased to hear that the president understands the seriousness of the problems we face with solar makers in Michigan, Georgia, Oregon and across the country,\" the statement said ,\". Signed by SolarWorld America
CEO jargen Stein and Matt Card, executive vice president, Suniva.
\"Now, the president can save and rebuild this great American industry by imposing an immediate 50% tariff, and create thousands of jobs-the strongest possible tariff.
Their complaint marks the first major trade case facing the Trump administration and a fascinating test of the president\'s \"America first\" nationalist agenda, fossil fuel production is the main energy policy.
President Obama has slammed renewable energy for calling climate change a hoax, and he has a lot of discretion on Monday\'s decision, which has been in the industry for months.
The exact impact of tariffs remains difficult to assess. Up to three-
The quarter of the solar project planned for construction this year can be exempted, in part because the company has stored imported equipment, Ethan Schindler of Washington, D. C. C. -
Analysts at Bloomberg New Energy Finance told Huffington Post.
\"But 2019 of the buildings could be a very different story,\" he said . \".
Tariffs appear to be aimed at Chinese solar equipment, but the wording of the announcement is not clear, so it is difficult to judge how this will affect imports from Southeast Asia and Mexico.
\"This is not very good news for the industry,\" Zindler concluded . \".
\"But it will definitely be worse.
The White House announcement eased those who thought the president would impose severe tariffs on Suniva and SolarWorld.
This will cause of industrial 88,000 national work about 34% mm of 260,000 of Americans engaged in solar in 2017 according to tocalculations releasedlast June SEIA.
The group says there are 6,300 jobs in Texas, 4,700 in North Carolina and 7,000 in South Carolina. Utility-
Large-scale projects will face the biggest slowdown due to their large scale and more sensitive to hardware price fluctuations.
This has made utilities in the southeastern region where they have commissioned a large number of solar projects since 2015, particularly vulnerable to higher tariffs.
MJ Shiao, a solar analyst at GTM Research, told Huffington Post before the announcement on Monday: \"These factories have not yet been built, they are just planned . \".
\"The prices of these plants cannot be paid and they will be canceled.
\"As states seeking to increase their renewable energy capabilities strengthen incentives to build new turbines instead of solar power plants, wind energy developers may see a significant benefit.
Natural gas is already the main fuel for American electricity. S.
A boost is likely to be seen.
Coal, second in the country
The biggest source of electricity is unlikely to be significantly affected, as the main competitor to its market share is still gas.
Despite recent growth in solar energy, it accounts for only a fraction of the 15% share of renewable energy in the United States. S.
Solar Installation warned that, as the industry trend driven by cheap imports fades and reduces all ships, tariffs could also bring jobs to manufacturing.
Although manufacturing is far from cheap imports, manufacturing saw some bright spots before Trump decided to impose tariffs.
Chinese in June
Seraphim Solar announced plans to double the number of employees in Jackson, Mississippi. making plant.
In August, Tesla\'s SolarCity Division began producing solar cells at a new plant in Buffalo, New York.
Trade disputes between countries have led Asian manufacturing giants to seek new options.
\"There are differences between the EU and China, India and China,\" Zindler said before the announcement . \".
\"Many Asian manufacturers are already looking to diversify in manufacturing.
\"But it will take a few years,\" he added . \"
\"So you won\'t have a lot of factories in the United States right away. S.
Owned by Chinese.
This will not happen overnight.
While Monday\'s statement marks the White House\'s biggest blow to renewable energy, the Trump administration has been opposed to clean energy policy.
Last year, Trump proposed a 2018 budget to cut funding from the Energy Department\'s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable energy by 71. 9 percent.
The government has pushed a proposal designed by coal tycoon and Trump\'s ally, Bob Murray, to add $10 to the plan to save coal and nuclear power plants.
The cost of the taxpayer is 8 billion.
The Environmental Protection Agency has taken action to abolish the Clean Energy Program, the only major federal plan in the United States to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate utilities --
Expand investment in clean energy.
The White House also illegally withheld $91 million from ARPA.
E, an experimental energy research project, is responsible for the \"holy grail\" breakthrough in battery storage technology.
\"If Trump really wants to put the United States first, he should reduce our dependence on polluting energy sources that exacerbate climate change,\" said Howard Kristo . \" Senior lawyer at the Center for Biodiversity, an environmental non-profit organization.
\"On the contrary, this profound political move will make solar energy more expensive for ordinary Americans while supporting two failed foreign companies --Own company.