Biden to suspend new solar tariffs as White House aims to boost adoption

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is expected to announce a two-year pause Monday in imposing new tariffs on the solar industry, following an outcry from importers who complained that the levies threaten wider adoption of the solar industry. solar energy in the United States.

The move is a victory for domestic solar installers, who said the tariffs would jeopardize the Biden administration’s goal of dramatically reducing carbon emissions by the end of the decade. But that will go against the wishes of U.S. manufacturers and unions, which have pushed the administration to erect tougher barriers on cheap imports to help revive the domestic solar industry.

To counter those complaints, the administration also plans to announce policies to help support the domestic solar industry, according to people familiar with the plans, who declined to speak publicly ahead of the official White House announcement. . Two people familiar with the talks said those efforts would involve using the powers of the Defense Production Act, which gives the president broad powers and funding to direct the activities of private companies.

The Commerce Department was considering imposing the tariffs as part of a trade case that accused Chinese solar companies of trying to circumvent existing taxes by moving their operations out of China and into other countries. In recent years, major Chinese solar producers have set up major operations in Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand and Cambodia.

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