The Trump administration announced its decision on the 201/case by imposing solar tariffs.
The decision calls for:
- Tariff of 30% in first year with 5% decline each subsequent year
- The first 2.5 gigawatts of imported solar cells will be exempt from the safeguard tariff each year
- Following the statutory rule, tariffs should go into effect Feb 6th, 2018
- USTR does not note in the release if there will be any country-specific exemptions for the tariffs, but given that the statute is silent on this, it’s possible that they could provide further detail by Friday
This unfortunate outcome puts almost 1,000 solar jobs at risk in Missouri.
The Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association sees this as a setback and makes our current negotiations with stakeholders in the Capitol increasingly critical. We are looking to legislators, along with environmental and renewable advocates, to help us develop market mechanisms and incentives that not only save these Missouri jobs but act as catalysts for growth. We are optimistic with the progress in these discussions thus far and the benefits that grid modernization will have on distributed generation and grid resiliency.