Solar Energy’s Momentum Hits A Speed Bump

29 Sep, 2014

There have been some notable solar energy projects in the past couple of years in the United States, and 2015 looks to be promising. However, recent proposed U.S. Department of Commerce rules may throw a kink in the plans.
In July, the department issued preliminary anti-dumping tariffs in the range of 26 percent to 165 percent on imports of crystalline silicon solar PV cells and modules that come from China and Taiwan. More than 3 gigawatts of the projects currently in the American PV project pipeline had been set to use Chinese modules, according to the latest NPD Solarbuzz United States Deal Tracker.
Nevertheless, “Solar Powers Up for the Year Ahead” tells us: “People are becoming more educated about how solar works and what their options are, so even though the skirmish between U.S. and Chinese stakeholders is definitely grabbing headlines, it doesn’t look like it’s going to jack up prices through the roof or grind the industry to a halt,” says Mark Konold, Caribbean project manager, climate and energy program, Worldwatch Institute.
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Rachel Duran

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