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.
WASHINGTON, DC – 17 leading renewable energy CEOs urge President Biden to repeal the Trump administration’s October 2020 solar proclamation that wrongly increased solar panel tariffs and lifted the bifacial solar panel exclusion.
The letter, directed by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and endorsed by the American Clean Power Association, draws attention to the effects of the proclamation on existing solar contracts and discusses how detrimental 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.
“Billions of dollars worth of solar contracts are now at risk with the October 10 proclamation,” 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 country’s infrastructure, strengthen domestic production and raise communities across America. Tariffs will be lifted. ” the first step in achieving this vision. ”
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.
The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transition to a clean energy economy and creating the framework for solar energy to reach 20% of US electricity generation by 2030. SEIA works with its 1,000 member companies and other strategic partners to fight for policies that create jobs in every community and form fair market rules that encourage competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar energy. Established in 1974, SEIA is a national trade association that through research, education and advocacy is developing a comprehensive vision for the Solar + decade. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org.