tariff on solar panels
On January 22, 2018 the Trump administration imposed a tariff on solar panels. The tariffs are 30 percent in year one, declining to 25 percent in year two, 20 percent in year three and 15 percent in year four.

In mid-November, the U.S. Court of International Trade (CIT) passed a ruling that reinstated an exemption of bifacial solar panels from Section 201 tariffs.

What Happened?

Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) appealed against CIT’s ruling.

This appeal paves the way for a reversal of the exemption for bifacial panels.

“We are disappointed that the Department of Justice has appealed the Court of International Trade’s ruling,” said John Smirnow, General Counsel and Vice President of Market Strategy for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in response to the appeal decision.

What Next?

A final decision on what happens with Section 201 tariffs depends on the Biden Administration next month — when the tariffs are due to expire.

The administration will have to decide to either interfere by extending the tariffs four more years as recommended by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) or simply do nothing.

Derick Lila
Derick is a Clark University graduate—and Fulbright alumni with a Master's Degree in Environmental Science, and Policy. He has over a decade of solar industry research, marketing, and content strategy experience.

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