Ben Frevert of RPCC was on Connections with Evan Dawson to discuss how the new solar tariff will affect the solar industry in the United States, as well as the transition to renewable energy overall. You can either visit the Connections website, or listen below
“On January 23, the Trump administration imposed a 30 percent tariff on solar cells and modules made abroad. President Trumps says the move will increase U.S. manufacturing of solar equipment and create jobs. Since the tariff was imposed, one Chinese solar company has announced it will build a plant in Florida. While plans for the plant were in the works prior to the Trump administration’s announcement, the company said it “continues to closely monitor treatment of imports of solar cells and modules under the U.S. trade laws.”
Some say this is an early victory under the tariff, but critics say the move will harm the solar industry in the U.S. According to research conducted by Greentech Media, the tariff could result in an 11 percent decrease of installations over the next four years, and lead to tens of thousands of job losses.
Our guests weigh in on the issue and answer your questions about solar. In studio:
- Kevin Schulte, CEO of SunCommon NY
- Ben Frevert, member of the leadership team for the Rochester People’s Climate Coalition“