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Solar Industry Statement on USITC’s Section 201 Tariff Recommendation

Wednesday, Dec 08 2021

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — After determining last month that the Section 201 tariffs on solar cells and modules should be extended, the U.S. International Trade Commission issued its remedy recommendation to President Biden today. The President will make a final decision on whether to extend the job-killing tariffs or end them and allow U.S. clean energy deployment to soar.

Following is a statement from Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, on the Commission’s proposal:

“Growing American solar manufacturing is critical to our long-term clean energy future, but years of tariffs have not moved the needle nearly enough to justify the USITC’s recommendation today. President Biden has set a bold vision for the U.S. to lead the world on clean energy. Extending these tariffs will hold us back from realizing that vision.

“We’re urging the President to take a different approach from his predecessor and enact real industrial policy to grow U.S. manufacturing. Senator Ossoff’s amendment in the Build Back Better Act will be the first investment our nation has made to truly incentivize domestic solar production after years of punitive import duties on U.S. companies.

“Repeating the same mistake as the previous administration will inevitably lead to the same outcome and could offset some of the benefits in Build Back Better. It’s time to let these ineffective tariffs end and start a new era of American clean energy leadership.”

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About SEIA®: 

The Solar Energy Industries Association® (SEIA) is leading the transformation to a clean energy economy, creating the framework for solar to achieve 30% of U.S. 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 shape fair market rules that promote competition and the growth of reliable, low-cost solar power. Founded in 1974, SEIA is the national trade association for the solar and solar + storage industries, building a comprehensive vision for the Solar+ Decade through research, education and advocacy. Visit SEIA online at www.seia.org and follow @SEIA on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram

Media Contact: 

Morgan Lyons, SEIA's Senior Communications Manager, mlyons@seia.org (202) 556-2872