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U.S. Solar Manufacturers Press Biden to Impose Tariffs on Asian Imports

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🗞️ Driving the news: U.S. solar panel manufacturers have formed the American Alliance for Solar Manufacturing Trade Committee and are urging President Biden to impose tariffs on solar panel imports from Southeast Asia to counteract low prices they argue are unsustainable for domestic production
• They claim that these imports, heavily subsidized by China, are flooding the market and damaging the U.S. industry

🔭 The context: The petition reflects broader industry challenges, including an oversupply of solar panels in the U.S., with more than a year’s worth of panels in stock, according to the International Energy Agency
• This oversupply is due to high volumes of cheaper, Chinese-made panels which are overwhelming U.S. manufacturers despite increased government subsidies

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This situation highlights a critical tension in global efforts to transition to renewable energy: the need for affordable solar panels versus the desire to foster local industries and jobs
• The U.S. industry's struggle underscores the complex dynamics between global trade policies, national energy strategies, and environmental goals

⏭️ What's next: The Biden administration's response to this petition will be pivotal for the U.S. solar industry's future
• It could influence the balance between protecting domestic manufacturers and keeping solar panel costs low to encourage the uptake of renewable energy

💬 One quote: "America's solar manufacturing industry is on the cusp of tremendous growth that will create jobs and change the trajectory of our clean energy transition for decades to come," stated the American Alliance for Solar Manufacturing Trade Committee

📈 One stat: Last year, imported solar panels exceeded U.S. installations by over 25 GW, leading to significant price drops due to oversupply.

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