Bifacial Solar Wins Section 201 Tariff Battle!

HaHaSmart Solar NewsDecember 31, 2019779


Bifacial Solar Panels Defeat the Section 201 Tariffs!

June 12th, 2019, the U.S. Trade Representative announced that it is granting an exemption to the solar panel duties for bifacial solar panels.

October 4th, 2019, U.S. President Donald Trump announced that beginning October 28th, 2019, the bifacial solar panels would be subjected to the 25% section 201 tariffs.

Then in November, The U.S. Court of International Trade issued a temporary restraining order on the bifacial solar panel exemption revocation in November.

December 5th it was announced that The U.S. Court of International Trade is once again allowing the exclusion of the bifacial panels from section 201 tariffs to remain in place for the foreseeable future.

The initial restraining order was granted after the SEIA intervened in a case to the U.S. Court of International Trade on behalf of Chicago-based solar energy developer Invenergy Renewables. The solar power developer said it entered into contracts with modules pricing based on having the bifacial exemption, and that the USTR’s exemption revocation violated the Administrative Procedure Act.

SEIA President and CEO, Abigail Ross Hopper said; “This is an important temporary reprieve for the bifacial module exclusion. We will continue to make the case that the Section 1 tariffs are harming the U.S. Industry and the American consumer and that the bifacial exclusion was a fair and reasonable solution to the problem of domestic module supply shortage.”

The original Section 201 Tariff on imported solar panels currently stands at 25% and will drop to 20% in 2020. The tariffs are up for a midterm review in February 2020.

Do you think the midterm review will overturn the tariffs for all solar power system imports? Comment below and let us know!

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