Blog - February 2018

Opinion: Solar tariffs to affect world’s poorest

Jonathan Phillips and Hannah Girardeau
The White House recently announced a new tariff and quota regime that attaches a 30 percent tariff to solar cells and modules that declines over time. The decision, which is expected to increase the price of electricity from new United States solar projects, has spurred a lively debate in the U.S. around whether these trade barriers are good or bad for businesses and workers, and to what extent cost increases will soften solar demand in the U.S.
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