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How the Suniva Trade Dispute is Reshaping the Solar Industry

There are many alternatives to tariffs that would support the domestic solar manufacturing sector

Posted on Nov 14 2017 by Anonymous

By MAGGIE PARKHURST and JOEL BINSTOCK


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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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Could a Trade Dispute With China End the U.S. Solar Boom?

A case now before the International Trade Commission could lead to tariffs that would jeopardize rapid solar growth in the U.S.

Posted on Jul 11 2017 by Marc Gunther

Cheap Chinese solar cells have powered a boom in the U.S. solar industry. They have helped drive down the cost of making electricity from sunlight by about 70% since 2010, leading to double-digit growth rates in rooftop and utility-scale installations, according to the industry. Last year, for the first time, solar added more generating capacity to the electricity grid than any other fuel, including natural gas. That’s welcome news to those who worry about climate change.


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Lumber Dispute Drives Up Construction Costs

The ongoing trade battle between the U.S. and Canada is making it more expensive to build houses, but opinions differ on exactly how much

Posted on May 26 2017 by Scott Gibson

An ongoing trade battle between Canada and the U.S. over softwood lumber has pushed up the cost of building a typical single-family home by several thousand dollars, according to the National Association of Home Builders, and prices could be going higher yet.


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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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