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Old 01-23-2018, 11:45 AM   #1
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Solar Panel import duty increase

The tariff on imported solar panels to go up as much as 30%.

I just bought two more panels this morning before the price increase hits. If you are in the market for solar panels, you might want to move your purchasing schedule up.

President Donald Trump Imposes 30% Tariffs on Solar Panels | Time
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"America First" trade policy, which aims to protect local manufacturers from foreign competition.

South Korea said it would complain to the World Trade Organization (WTO)
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It's going to make the solar option purchased at ETI more valuable/important...
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With the combination of the exchange rate & new 30% tariff, it also makes for some good savings for those close to head north across the border to purchase folding or bare panels.
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It's going to make the solar option purchased at ETI more valuable/important...
Definitely makes it a more important consideration. Not sure if it will effect Canadian pricing as they will not be subject to these tariffs if the panels are coming to CA from manufacturer.
US doesn't really have much if any production of panels, almost all imported so it will raise prices for US buyers. If I were looking at any panel purchases, I'd do it now from existing inventory.
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Someone had to complain to get the tariff added.

A list of US Solar Panel Manufacturers (I don't know if they all are still active):
Itek Energy
Heliene
Solaria
Mission Solar
SunSpark
SolarWorld Americas
Suniva
Seraphim
Solartech

You might be able to add Tesla & Panasonic since they just started making them in the US in 2017.
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Someone had to complain to get the tariff added.

A list of US Solar Panel Manufacturers (I don't know if they all are still active):
Itek Energy
Heliene
Solaria
Mission Solar
SunSpark
SolarWorld Americas
Suniva
Seraphim
Solartech

You might be able to add Tesla & Panasonic since they just started making them in the US in 2017.
Suniva complained last year but are now bankrupt. They were a US module manufacture with a Chinese majority owner! Then the US arm of Solarworld joined in the petition to seek tariffs.
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Just ordered my portable from Renogy- Not because of the news today though. It is a folding 100 Watt with a case. Some of their panels are made in Germany.
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Suniva complained last year but are now bankrupt. They were a US module manufacture with a Chinese majority owner! Then the US arm of Solarworld joined in the petition to seek tariffs.
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Suniva's parent is the Chinese company Shufeng International Clean Energy Limited, while SolarWorld is owned by German and Qatari interests.
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Ross, can you post exactly what you got? I'm about ready to order mine. Thanks.
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