Solar panels are cheap, despite Trump tariffs


When President Trump implemented tariffs on imported solar cells and panels early in 2018, it was intended to drive a manufacturing renaissance in the U.S. and potentially hurt the overseas solar manufacturing industry.

But solar manufacturing isn’t returning to the U.S., and solar panel prices are actually lower now than when tariffs were implemented, a strange turn for the industry.

As tariffs make a measured decline from 30% now to 15% in 2021, they’ll become even less of a headwind. Here’s a look at where solar panel prices are today and who may be affected.

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