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U.S.A: Republicans Call For Tariff Exemption From Solar Modules On Ground Power Stations
- May 16, 2018 -

Eight Republican senators wrote to the US trade representative and other federal agencies to apply for solar panels on ground power stations to remove 201 parts of the tariff.

In May 9th, eight U.S. Republican senators and several ambitious people signed a letter calling for a 201 survey to exempt 72 1500V solar components from ground power stations.

These eight American senators are Thom Tillis, Dean Heller, Jerry Moran, Cory Gardner, Lindsey Graham, Richard Burr, and Scott.

The SEIA issued the letter through Twitter. The letter pointed out that 72 1500V components were never made in the United States. But we found in several SunModule XL products displayed on the SolarWorld official website that SolarWorld can provide 1000V or 1500V component options.

In addition, First Solar has also produced 1500V solar panels in the United States since 2014 for ground power stations, which have very different battery structures compared to crystalline silicon components.

But taking into account the limited capacity of SolarWorld and First Solar, even if the new factory is being expanded, the market restriction is reasonable and reasonable.

If this application can be approved, it will be self-evident that the total installed capacity of the whole US will be improved. In fact, the ground power station is suffering the biggest consequences of tariff sanctions imposed on the 201 solar modules. According to GTM Research, tariffs will be imposed in 2018, and the power to cancel the installation will be only 600MW, but it will jump to about 1.6GW by 2019. In contrast, the residential and commercial solar energy market in 2017 was around 2 gigawatts.

Compared with other projects, the cause of such a huge impact on the ground photovoltaic power plant industry is that solar components account for a very large part of the cost of the final installation. In the $1 / watt ground power station system, 30 cents / tile solar system accounts for 30% of the system cost. The same component only accounts for 10% of the residential system installed at a cost of $3 / tile. As a result, the tax rate of 201 clause 30% raised the cost of the ground photovoltaic power plant project by 9%, compared with the residential system only increased by 3%.

Since the recent SEIA Political Action Committee (PAC) has begun to provide more support and funding to the Democratic Party in the recent years, the letter and its specific political support are interesting. SEIA has been following the Republican Party for many years, and now a large number of Republicans are openly supporting the solar energy industry.