Pres. Trump: Tariff Decision on Imported Solar Panels Coming Soon

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UPDATED 10:55 AM PT — Fri. January 19, 2018

The Trump administration is considering placing a tariff on solar panel imports.

In this Feb. 14, 2017 photo, a rooftop is covered with solar panels at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

In an interview on Wednesday, the president said he will soon announce whether the U.S. will begin taxing foreign solar panels imported into the U.S.

Domestic panel producers would benefit from the tariff, while installers who rely on lower-cost hardware could suffer.

Solar companies are backing the possible decision, saying they’re victims of unfair competition in China.

The International Trade Commission says the president has until the end of the month to make his decision.

25 Comments on "Pres. Trump: Tariff Decision on Imported Solar Panels Coming Soon"

  1. Tango Uniform | January 20, 2018 at 1:15 pm |

    People are scratching their heads trying to figure out which side to root for. Do I want tariffs and subsidies so workers have jobs making panels… or do I want electricity at competitive rates? Every one of us that has a retirement account is on both sides of the equation. GM stock goes up when we pay more for a Silverado. A free market will self-correct.

  2. Want to do something? Go to Walmart and look for “Made in USA” products. When ours opened they had a sign outside, “We proudly sell made in USA”! Now they build the world’s biggest container ships. Where? In China. Then fill the ship with “Made in China” products and sail to California. We lost most of our manufacturing plants due to this, with help from the unions. More tariffs, more “Right 2 Work” states!

  3. Besides, any product produced in China is unreliable. They are made cheap, ready to break.

  4. Panels produced in the USA would be nice. However, what concerns me is the long term effects of the panels produced in China and imported here. When they no longer function, how much will they cost to be safely disposed? Are they actually safe? Are we introducing serious carcinogens into our environment? Lots of unanswered questions.

  5. Augie Deabler | January 19, 2018 at 7:52 pm |

    As someone who has been dabbling in small solar projects for quite a while, I see the benefits of this move as “slow roll” but still a good move.

    Solar should definitely be pursued and encouraged but not subsidized. If the tarrif convinces makers to bring production here, to meet our limited needs, that’s only a good thing, even if the number of new jobs is minimal.

    For people wondering what solar can do for you, I suggest you avoid huge systems and dreams of selling your surplus back to the grid, and instead consider how much you spend on lighting.

    A decent array and battery bank would easily handle your entire household’s lighting needs, not to mention all your small rechargeable doo-dads that could make use of a USB station.

    I believe we need to start integrating properly sized solar systems into all new construction. Do a little research to see what I mean…there’s a definite threshold between just the right amount and too much.

    • So what about storage?

      I use my lighting after dark, when the panels are not producing output.
      What do you recommend? Lead acid? Gel cell?

      • Augie Deabler | January 20, 2018 at 1:01 am |

        “A decent array and battery bank would easily handle your entire household’s lighting needs”

        SLA (sealed lead acid, nothing fancy, maintenance-free) batteries have become quite affordable. In a home environment, they fit the bill, in my opinion. Do the math and build a bank of twice what you think you need, pretty much assuring that you’ll never drag them down too far. A small AC smart-charger to make up for rainy days will also help with that. When done right, and not overdone, solar can pay for itself quicker than you may think.

  6. My Sharoner | January 19, 2018 at 5:43 pm |

    Seems to me solar is a complete waste of tax payer dollars. Unless the feds and state subsidies the install it will take 30 years to pay for itself. I think it’s time for the gov to stop paying for this. If you want solar then pay for it yourself.

    • Daniel Shays | January 19, 2018 at 7:36 pm |

      Panels only degrade from day one. At twelve years they are only producing 30% of there original capability. Then have to be replaced at twenty years.

      • I support a limited application; just so they will continue to research the method. But, commercial apps, in this age, are a waste of resources.

        • Daniel Shays | January 19, 2018 at 8:02 pm |

          Agree. I am all for alternate forms of energy, but I think solar is a lost cause on any major scale.

      • And when replaced, what happens to the old panels? They are not made of organic materials.

      • Don’t forget the cost/lifecycle/replacement/disposal of energy storage.

      • This is not accurate information. Typical warranty covers 90% at year 10; 80% at year 25. Have the docs from my system on file. Warranty is guaranteed by bank.

        • Daniel Shays | January 20, 2018 at 5:07 am |

          That’s what it was 7 years ago when I looked into it. When the government was offering the incentives.

        • But would you agree that the money spent is worth the return?

        • Tango Uniform | January 21, 2018 at 2:50 pm |

          Daniel didn’t mention warranty. He mentioned performance, and his numbers are accurate. A bank guarantee doesn’t override actuality. Also, hope your panel-covered house doesn’t go up in flames in daylight. Fire dept will not go on top to punch holes in the roof. They’ll watch it burn.

    • #fakenews

  7. 1140x American workers (working for American businesses) are negatively impacted per 1 American worker benefited by this tariff. Solar panels are made in automated manufacturing plants nor by workers. Solar Panel manufacturing is not where the jobs are. 1140x more people are employed by construction, administration, sales, engineering, etc.. The facts are, The American solar module manufacturers that are/were damaged by the cheaper Chinese imported panels were poorly run businesses. They wasted $100’s of M’s on parties and planes. The free market tried to weed out this tariff/tax/welfare required businesses and now they are requesting a bail out to pay for their extravagant business styles. The tariff is bad for America #MAGA

  8. I find it interesting liberal American solar panel company’s now begging for Trump to bailout there dying overpriced panels.

  9. Indread Cold | January 19, 2018 at 2:29 pm |

    One of those issues you never hear about but is more important than you may think and takes less effort to correct than you would probably imagine. Thanks again President Trump, although you may be tired of hearing it.

  10. When are they installing solar panels, wind turbines and opposing magnets for propulsion on automobiles.. lol
    Self powered vehicles…

    • "The" Bobguy | January 19, 2018 at 1:30 pm |

      As soon as the technology is in place for magnetic levitating streetlights that can be positioned over the center of roads which can provide the power. Very simple.

  11. Long over due.

  12. All in the sweep of “Make America Great Again!” #MAGA #Trump2020

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