Domestic solar manufacturers are staging a comeback. Here’s a look at what tariffs have meant for investment in this space, and a looming threat ahead that could undermine all of it.
Thanks to currencies worth peanuts, and weak environmental rules, China has turned three SE Asian nations into their solar-making vassal states. The 20% tariff against them is not enough. Here’s what Washington needs to do if it wants a domestic solar industry.
Customs makes good on its promise to root out imported solar cells and panels believed to have been made from polysilicon produced by Hoshine Silicon Industry, banned from the U.S. solar supply chain this summer.
School bus manufacturers are domestic. The Senate infrastructure bill gives them $5 billion to build non-diesel buses, but it falls far short of what the industry wanted in order to crank up the volume and reduce subsidy dependence.
Another positive in the Senate’s recently passed $550 billion infrastructure bill: finding, and producing, more of the minerals that will power a post-fossil fuel economy. If not done fast, the U.S. will be wholly dependent on foreign sources of energy materials.
A House Select Committee on Climate hearing looked at climate change policies and economic growth. They focused mostly on tax incentives and federal loans. But big OEMs like Ford may still ‘go green’ elsewhere. Here’s why.
A House Small Business Committee hearing listened to witnesses discuss ways to help the labor markets in Biden’s push for a green economy for blue-collar workers.
Climate activist groups have said that criticizing China for its abysmal human rights record is bad for the planet — that calling out the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for its genocide against ethnic minorities might make Beijing ignore the West’s efforts to roll back CO2 emissions. For years, China has used the West’s worry over…
Jeff Ferry \ June 30, 2021 \ Real Clear Energy As the U.S. transitions away from fossil fuels, it’s clear that solar power will play a key role in providing clean, renewable energy for the nation. However, Washington must decide whether solar power will come from American companies and workers—or from China. That’s because years…
China polysilicon makers get put on the Entity List as one producer is prohibited from selling to the U.S. That means companies that rely on them for their solar supply chain are subject to import bans.