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Solar Companies Ask Biden to Reverse Trump’s Biggest Blow to the Industry

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24.11.2020

A 2 megawatt DTE Energy solar installation built on formerly vacant land in Detroit, Michigan.Jim West/Zuma

This piece was originally published in HuffPost and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership.

In January 2018, President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on imported solar panels despite protests from much of the industry, sending jobs in one of the nation’s fastest-growing employment engines tumbling for the following two years.

Now the solar industry is asking President-elect Joe Biden to cut short what was widely seen as Trump’s biggest blow to solar energy during his single term.

On Tuesday, Solar Energy Industries Association, a trade group representing more than 1,000 companies, said it wants the Biden administration to revoke the four-year tariffs a year early.

The White House should have the legal authority to end the import fees unilaterally, despite the fact that courts blocked Trump’s efforts to amend his own tariffs to remove an exemption for bifacial panels, photovoltaics that harvest energy from the sun on both sides of the........

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