The Trump Administration announced yesterday its decision to impose tariffs of 30 percent on imported solar panels and cells. While not as severe as they could have been, the tariffs are a setback for clean energy and jobs in frontline communities. Declining solar costs have been critical to the growth of solar as a tool for states, cities and utilities to provide energy bill assistance to low-income customers, and the growing industry has created tens of thousands of good jobs each year. Solar jobs are accessible to people with no advanced degrees, creating pathways out of poverty in some of our most disadvantaged communities.
Higher panel prices will dampen job growth and make it harder for families to get relief from high energy costs. But we won’t be discouraged. Our commitment to solar access is stronger than ever, and we’ll do what we always do: roll up our sleeves and get to work, in statehouses, cities, and on rooftops across the country, bringing solar power and job opportunities to people that need them most. We urge all of our partners, philanthropic supporters, and friends to join us in redoubling our efforts and continuing to drive a transition to clean energy that includes everyone.
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