Trump Pushes to Cut Solar-Tariff Loophole for Two-Sided Panels



Brian Eckhouse | Bloomberg

President Donald Trump said in a proclamation that it’s necessary to eliminate a loophole his administration granted in 2019 that’s helped solar developers avoid tariffs on certain imported panels.

In Saturday’s proclamation, Trump said it’s necessary to revoke the exemption for two-sided “bifacial” panels, contending that the loophole has “impaired and is likely to continue to impair the effectiveness” of tariffs intended to bolster U.S. solar manufacturing.

Because of that, Trump said in the announcement, it’s also necessary to set tariffs for the fourth year covered by a solar quota regime at 18%. The tariffs had been set to drop to 15% from 20% in their fourth year.

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