Biden curbs solar tariffs, takes steps to boost clean energy

Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, said its members have worked hard to stress the need for action with the administration.

“While the Commerce Department’s investigation will continue as required by law and we remain confident that a review of the facts will result in a negative determination, the President’s action is a much-needed reprieve to this crushing investigation. industry,” Hopper said. “During the two-year tariff suspension window, the U.S. solar industry can return to rapid deployment while the Defense Production Act helps expand U.S. solar manufacturing. »

Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, which strongly supports domestic manufacturing, gave reluctant support for Biden’s actions.

“While I don’t think solar installers deserved tariff relief, the policies announced today by the Biden-Harris administration should overall encourage clean energy manufacturing in America,” Paul said in a statement. communicated.

“The solar installation industry also needs to know that it cannot depend on subsidized imports indefinitely to increase its profits in the years to come. If solar is America’s energy future, that future must be Made in America,” he said.

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