SEIA begins campaigning new administration to repeal Trump solar tariffs


17 leading renewable energy CEOs urge President Biden to repeal the Trump administration’s October 2020 solar proclamation that wrongly increased tariffs on solar panels and lifted the bifacial solar panel exclusion.

The letter, led by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and endorsed by the American Clean Power Association, draws attention to the implications of the proclamation on existing solar contracts and discusses how harmful Section 201 tariffs are to the US economy and are the ability of the industry to deal with climate change. It is important that the CEOs urge the President to bring tariffs back into the status quo and restore business security.

“With the October 10 proclamation, billions of dollars worth of solar contracts are now at risk,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). With so many economic and climatic challenges facing us, the president has the opportunity to build a clean energy economy with millions of well-paying jobs, strengthen our nation’s infrastructure, strengthen domestic manufacturing and empower communities across America. The abolition of tariffs is the first step in making this vision a reality. “

The letter comes as clean energy companies continue to feel the impact of tariffs. According to an analysis by SEIA, the tariffs have resulted in 62,000 job losses, $ 19 billion in lost private sector investments and a 26 million metric ton increase in carbon emissions.

“Our country has a hardworking and determined solar workforce, from installers and operators to engineers and innovators, and each and every one of them will benefit from the repeal of the last government’s proclamation that brought uncertainty to the market,” said Heather Zichal , CEO of the American Clean Power Association. “If we take this proclamation back, Americans will go back to work, revive manufacturing, and set us on the path to a just recovery and a clean energy future.”

The clean energy industry and its partners continue to advocate long-term policies that can boost domestic manufacturing, such as: B. Improved procurement opportunities for US equipment manufacturers and tax credits to incentivize private sector investment in domestic manufacturing.

SEIA and ACP will continue to work with the Biden administration, the nearest U.S. sales representative, and other organizations to get Americans back to work and create more opportunities for domestic solar products.

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