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President Trump Imposes Tariffs on Solar Panels

New tariffs on imported PV cells and modules are lower than what had been sought by two U.S. manufacturers

Posted on Jan 23 2018 by Scott Gibson

President Trump has announced the imposition of new tariffs on imported photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. (PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow.) cells and panels, acceding to the request of two foreign-owned companies with facilities in the U.S., Suniva and SolarWorld. The tariffs were vigorously opposed by a trade group representing the U.S. solar industry.


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Solar Ruling Prompts Industry Jitters

Installers of photovoltaic systems worry about job losses and price spikes as tariff case makes its way to the Oval Office

Posted on Sep 26 2017 by Scott Gibson

The news was not entirely unexpected, but last week's ruling that U.S. solar manufacturers have been harmed by cheap imports has opened the door to new tariffs and prompted warnings that job losses and higher prices will follow.


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Hearings Open on Solar Panel Trade Case

Opponents warn that new tariffs on imported solar technology could put thousands of American jobs at risk and double the cost of PV modules

Posted on Aug 16 2017 by Scott Gibson

The U.S. International Trade Commission opened hearings in Washington on Tuesday that could result in higher prices for imported solar technology and, according to a solar trade association, cost 88,000 Americans their jobs.


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New Tariffs on Chinese Solar Panels

Steeper duties are intended to protect U.S. manufacturers of PV modules from unfair trade, but not everyone in the industry is cheering

Posted on Dec 23 2014 by Scott Gibson

The U.S. Commerce Department has imposed new import duties on photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. panels from China and Taiwan, closing a loophole in an earlier ruling and giving U.S. manufacturers a little breathing room.


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Trade Wars over PV Panels Could Boost Prices

U.S. officials have launched antidumping investigations into some brands of PV modules from China and Taiwan, and the impact could be ‘significant’

Posted on Feb 4 2014 by Scott Gibson

The Commerce Department has started new antidumping investigations into Chinese and Taiwanese photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. modules with the potential of closing a big loophole in existing tariff regulations and driving up prices for U.S. consumers.

The Jan. 23 decision is the latest development in a long-simmering dispute over claims that solar modules made in China are sold in the U.S. at prices lower than their fair value, which constitutes dumping. A separate countervailing duty investigation concerns financial assistance from foreign governments that unfairly benefit foreign companies.


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Demand for PV Panels to Grow

Analysts predict that demand for photovoltaic modules this year will exceed 2012 levels by nearly 20%

Posted on Jun 6 2013 by Scott Gibson

Demand for photovoltaic panels in the U.S. will reach a record 4.3 gigawatts of capacity in 2013, nearly 20% higher than in 2012, according to Solarbuzz, a market research company.

"Solar PV demand from the U.S. market now contributes over 12% of annual global demand, compared to just 5% three years ago," the firm's quarterly market report said.


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Failure Rates for PV Panels Are Climbing

Concerns about the quality of photovoltaic modules are rising worldwide, but the extent of the problem is unknown

Posted on May 30 2013 by Scott Gibson

Manufacturing shortcuts, most of them at Chinese factories, are leading to higher failure rates for photovoltaic(PV) Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. panels and prompting growing concerns among testing labs, insurers and solar developers, The New York Times reports.


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Market for Green Building Materials to Grow

A market research firm predicts 11% annual growth through 2017

Posted on Mar 14 2013 by Scott Gibson

Demand for green building materials will increase by 11% a year through 2017 to become a $86.6 billion industry, according to The Freedonia Group, a marketing research firm.


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