The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) released its midterm report on the crystalline silicon PV (CSPV) cell and module tariffs that have been in effect since 2018. The commission did not take a direct stand but did note that the industry has seen mixed results from the Section 201 tariffs. The report has been sent to the President and Congress.
“The price declines for CSPV cells and modules were directionally consistent with the historical downward trend in prices for CSPV products, though parties agreed that the prices were higher than they would have been without the safeguard measure,” the report states.
The solar panel tariff currently stands at 20%, with bifacial modules and some panels using interdigitated back contact (IBC) technology the only panel types exempt from the tariffs. The U.S. Trade Representative is also currently seeking public comments on whether to continue granting bifacial solar panels an exemption.
“The U.S. International Trade Commission’s report confirms what we’ve been saying all along. While the solar tariffs have resulted in some new U.S. manufacturing investments, total domestic cell and module capacity falls far short of demand. The tariffs have effectively constrained solar development in the United States,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA. “On behalf of more than 10,000 U.S. solar companies and 242,000 American solar workers, we are asking President Trump to give American solar companies the certainty to move forward on billions of dollars in new investment.
“Let’s work together on solutions that advance American-made products and that build a stronger clean energy economy for all Americans. An added tariff burden, most certainly is not the answer.”
According to the USITC, several participants in the midterm investigation have suggested modifications to the tariffs. The commission will provide advice on the possible economic effects of certain tariff modifications in an upcoming report.