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U.S. Commerce Dept. Action is Shutting Down Solar

The U.S. Department of Commerce is reconsidering its long-standing, 10-year policy that solar panels imported from Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia are not subject to tariffs.  Currently there are not a sufficient number of US-based manufacturers, and 80% of solar panels used in the U.S. are imported from these countries.

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Wreaking Havoc for Solar and Risking Jobs

The move by the U.S. Department of Commerce is wreaking havoc on the solar industry, forcing the cancellation or delay of more than 300 projects – and counting.  Nationwide between 240,000 to 395,000 jobs are at risk, including more than 3,300 in Indiana.

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Solar Energy Supporting Hoosier Communities

Renewable energy projects, like solar farms, contribute to local economic development and provide property tax revenue to Hoosier counties.  To date renewable energy projects in Indiana have provided:

  • $7 billion in capital investments 

  • $37 million in annual tax revenue for Hoosier communities

  • $20 million in annual payments to Hoosier landowners

This revenue from solar projects help counties fund school improvements, road repairs, access to broadband, and new equipment for first responders.
Indiana is 4th in the nation in new clean energy development – and it’s all at risk because of the Commerce Department’s actions.
We all want to see more domestic manufacturers of solar panels, but killing the solar industry won’t make that happen.  You can’t grow a business by shooting the customer!