US solar trade group warns tariff case will wipe out 24GW of planned additions in 2022, 2023
April 28 (Renewables Now) — U.S. solar capacity installation forecasts in 2022 and 2023 are cut by 46%, or a total of 24 GW, following the circumvention case against US solar imports. Southeast Asia, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said on Wednesday.
The solar industry installed 23.6 GW DC of solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity in the whole of 2021.
According to a SEIA survey of more than 700 respondents, 318 projects representing 51 GW of solar capacity and 6 GWh of collocated battery storage are canceled or delayed, putting at risk 52 billion dollars (49 billion euros) of investments private. Over 200 companies say their entire workforce is at risk and 70% of respondents believe at least half of their solar and storage jobs are at risk.
“If tariffs are imposed, in the blink of an eye, we will lose 100,000 American solar workers and any hope of meeting the President’s clean energy goals,” warned SEIA President and CEO Abigail Ross. Hopper.
At the end of March, the US Department of Commerce decided to open an investigation to determine whether solar imports from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam were circumventing tariffs on Chinese cells and modules.
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