Although Enphase doesn’t manufacture solar panels, the company has joined other companies like SunPower to seek for an exemption from tariffs imposed by Trump.
Trump imposed tariffs of 30 percent on imported solar cells and modules in what is being described as a move to protect U.S. industry while signaling a more aggressive stance towards China.
Enphase is based in California, where it manufactures components called microinverters that convert energy produced by photovoltaic panels from direct current to alternating current.
The company then ships these microinverters to other manufacturers in Asia to attach them unto solar panels. These panels are then sold or imported back to the U.S.
This is why Enphase’s microinverters and manufacturing process is subject to duties and falls under Trump’s Tariffs.
Interestingly enough, First Solar, a U.S. solar panel manufacturer, is exempt as the company’s thin-film technology uses a different material than those used by companies in Asia.
This story is developing.