Tariff Could Hurt PA Solar, But Won’t ‘Slam The Door Shut’

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Pennsylvania’s solar industry will feel the effects of the Trump administration’s move to place a tariff on foreign-built solar panels, but it won’t stop solar installations in the state, according to industry experts.

American solar manufacturers had requested a tariff because they found it difficult to compete with imported panels, particularly ones built in China and subsidized by the Chinese government.

President Donald Trump on Monday authorized a 30 percent tariff on those imported parts. The tariff will phase out over four years.

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