Local solar company reacts to proposed tariffs

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Local solar company reacts to proposed tariffs

"These tariffs will increase the price of the solar panels".

Back in early July of 2016, several Post journalists, including myself, sat down with then-candidate Donald Trump and discussed important issues like the economy, his wall, the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton and global trade.

According to the trade action, the percentage in tariffs will be declining each year until the tariffs are phased out on the fourth year.

US Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona, a big solar power producing state, said in a Twitter post that the tariffs amount to "nothing more than a tax on consumers". The two companies together sell more than 2.5 million washing machines annually in the US market. Much of that growth has come from customers in the sunnier parts of California.

Robert Miggins, CEO of San Antonio-based Go Smart Solar, is anxious the change will make residential solar less affordable, and shrink his customer base.

"If you're not already a manufacturer already in place in the USA ready to build this type of module, it's going to be tough for other people to build up infrastructure to do so".

The tariff starts at 30 percent and drops 5 percent in each of the next three years. "Solar is just booming", said Melissa Gonzalez with Solar Electric Texas, an installer of residential and commercial arrays. In times of rising global polysilicon demand, opportunities for USA polysilicon manufacturers, the industry's technology leaders and the most competitive producers in the world, should be experiencing healthy expansion, not rapid contraction. But the Solar Energy Industries Association says it expects that the tariff will cost 23,000 U.S.jobs this year alone. This Global Safeguards case already led to a 4-0 vote by the bipartisan International Trade Commission that the import surge has injured the domestic industry.

The last five years have seen the solar industry emerge stronger, with 1.6 million solar installations in the United States by the end of 2017, which accounted for 1.8% of all electricity countrywide.

"This is bad for American jobs, bad for the consumer", he said.

Globally, the decision is likely to have a direct impact on solar industry, especially the booming markets in Europe and Asia, according to reports.

In the New Mexico desert, Albuquerque-based Affordable Solar is working on a $45 million solar farm to help power a massive new data center for Facebook.

"If you ever set foot in a solar module assembly factory, most of what you see are robots".

The Korean government said Tuesday it will lodge a complaint with the World Trade Organization about US President Donald Trump's decision to slap tariffs on imported washing machines and solar panels produced by Korean manufacturers, expressing confidence the excessive sanctions will prove invalid. He agreed homeowners who install rooftop solar won't be as hard hit as utility-scale solar. Developers anticipating tariffs began flooding foreign manufacturers with orders last fall, driving up prices.

"We're right now in the process of hiring 20 people", said CEO Aron Cromwell, adding that none of his customers or clients have called to cancel a project because of the tariff.

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