Solar energy sector faces new tariff recommendations

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International Trade Commission is recommending revised tariffs The U.S. International Trade Commission has issued new recommendations concerning applying trade tariffs on imported silicon-based solar cells and panels. One of the recommendations involved imposing a licensing fee on some solar energy equipment. This particular concept was first developed by the Solar Energy Industries Association. The new recommended tariffs coming from the International Trade Commission are somewhat more modest than the tariffs the organization had considered previously. New tariffs could help domestic companies become more competitive The commission is recommending that a…

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Future of renewable energy is still imperiled in the United States

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Clean power is growing, but that can change with simple policy shifts Renewable energy has made impressive gains in the United States over the past few years, but its future is still uncertain. The federal government is currently in the midst of making changes to energy policies. The Trump Administration intends to show significantly more support for fossil-fuels, hoping to revitalize the coal and oil industries. As such, there have been cuts to renewable energy research and development funds. The country’s Clean Power Plan has also been repealed and the…

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ITC ruling could have an impact on the solar energy industry

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ITC finds that imported solar panels have been a problem for domestic companies A recent ruling from the International Trade Commission (ITC) could have a major impact on the solar energy industry in the United States. The organization is now suggesting that low-cost, imported solar panels, specifically from China, have caused problems for two domestic panel manufacturers. These companies are Suniva and SolarWind, which may have experienced some economic damage due to the influx of solar products that have been manufactured outside of the United States. Companies are having trouble…

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New tariffs could be trouble for the solar energy sector

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Senators come together in order to fight new tariffs Several senators have come together to express concern regarding potential trade penalties targeting imported solar energy technology. The International Trade Commission is set to determine what tariffs should be levied on solar imports later this year. The federal agency intends for the tariffs to help embolden the domestic solar energy market. Currently, many companies in the United States must compete against foreign companies that offer inexpensive solar panels and other technologies. These foreign companies have been bringing their solar products to…

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Solar energy is thriving in California

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California has become a leading solar energy market California has established itself as the leading solar energy market in the United States. The Solar Energy Industries Association notes that the state was ahead of all others in terms of cumulative solar capacity in 2016. Last year, solar energy accounted for 13% of all electricity generated in California. The state is generating so much electricity from solar power systems that it is, in some cases, exporting this energy to other states. Solar power continues to expand throughout the state California is…

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Solar energy industry is leading job growth in Montana

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Montana is experiencing a surge in its solar energy industry Solar energy has had a successful year so far in 2017. Last year, the state ranked 40th in the country in terms of renewable energy job growth. Now, however, the growth of the solar energy industry during the first half of this year has set the state on course to reaching 22nd in clean job growth. The solar energy industry has powered job growth in the state, creating new economic opportunities and allowing the state to become more energy independent.…

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US officials to investigate tariffs on imported solar energy products

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Petition calls for safeguards to be placed for the sake of the US solar energy market The United States government is considering imposing tariffs on solar panels that are imported into the country. The International Trade Commission has announced that it has launched an investigation concerning the matter. The investigation is in response to a petition filed by Suniva, a solar manufacturer that has declared bankruptcy. The company suggests that China is responsible for flooding the U.S. market with photovoltaic products. This has caused the price of such products to…

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SEIA releases new white paper calling for modernized energy grids to prepare for solar energy

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States may need to make efforts to modernize their grids in order to embrace solar energy The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has released a new white paper that calls for the modernization of the United States’ energy grid. Notably, modernization efforts should be taken more seriously in both New York and California. Both states represent very strong and increasingly popular solar energy markets. The problem, however, is that the energy grids in these states are not well suited for clean power. According to the SEIA, these states can do…

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Solar energy in Indiana is being threatened by new legislation

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Legislation seeks to make changes to state’s net metering program New legislation in Indiana could have a major impact on the state’s solar energy industry. This week, the state’s House of Representatives approved a bill that would lower the compensation that homeowners receive for funneling surplus electricity into the energy grid. Advocates of solar energy have decried the legislation, suggesting that it makes unnecessary changes to the state’s net metering program. If enacted, the legislation could make solar energy significantly less attractive to a wide range of consumers. Solar energy…

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Solar energy reaches new heights in 2016

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The solar energy industry nearly doubled in size last year In 2016, solar energy in the United States grew at an unprecedented rate. A new report from GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association shows that solar installations doubled last year over what they had been in 2015. The report notes that solar energy accounted for 39% of all new energy generation capacity in the United States last year, breaking previous records and establishing solar as the leading form of clean power in the country. The economics of solar…

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Solar energy industry reaches a new milestone in the United States

Solar installations hit a new record in the third quarter The third quarter of this year was one of the best that the solar energy industry in the United States has ever seen. GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association have released a new report predicting that 2016 could end up being a record breaking year for the solar sector. Notably, 2016 solar capacity could beat the number of solar installations that were reported last year, further aiding the United States in reducing its reliance on fossil-fuels. 4,143 MW…

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Target wins top ranking for corporate solar energy capacity

SEIA report shows that Target is number one with installed solar energy capacity among corporations Major retailer Target has been ranked as number one in corporate solar energy capacity for this year, according to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). This is the first time Target has managed to acquire this position since the SEIA began surveying solar capacity within the corporate sector six years ago. Target has managed to beat out other massive retailers and companies, such as Wal-Mart, and now boasts of the largest…

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Solar energy market faces challenges in the US

Investors are showing concern for the solar energy market The solar energy market may be in for a turbulent future, despite history of growth this sector has experienced in recent years. This year may become one of the most uncertain years in terms of support for solar power. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, solar installations are on the rise. More homeowners and businesses are embracing solar power as a way to become environmentally friendly and save money on electricity. The problem, however, is that solar stocks are underperforming,…

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California solar energy systems set a new power generation record

Large-scale projects help California reach a new energy milestone Utilities in California have managed to break their old solar energy generation record last week. The California Independent System Operator (ISO), the state’s largest energy grid operator, announced that the energy produced by large solar energy systems was enough to power 2 million homes. The Solar Energy Industries Association has praised the milestone, which has further shown that California has established itself as a leading market for solar power. The state’s solar capacity and generation is expected to grow as more…

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Nebraska solar energy sector set to quintuple in capacity this year

State’s first commercial solar project is taking form in Lincoln Solar power is beginning to establish a foothold in Nebraska. The state has shown interest in clean energy for some time, but the expansion of renewable power systems has been relatively slow when compared to what is being seen in other states. Now, however, Nebraska’s solar capacity is expected to quintuple this year, with the state’s first commercial solar energy system expected to come online later next month. New energy system will expand state’s solar capacity by a significant margin…

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Solar energy market to see major growth in the US

Solar capacity expected to triple by 2020 The solar energy market in the United States is poised to see rapid growth in the coming years, according to several organizations, including the Solar Energy Industries Association and Vote Solar. These organization participated in an online conference hosted by Climate Nexus, a strategic communications company, to mark the occasion of the U.S. reaching 1 million solar installations. The country now has a solar capacity of 27 gigawatts, but this is expected to triple by 2020. Utilities are beginning to show more support…

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