By Tony Clifford, Chief Development Officer of Standard Solar
No matter how much the Trump Administration would like to kill the solar industry, they just can’t seem to do it.
You can see their efforts on multiple fronts. It started with the tariffs on solar panels, but that was just the beginning. Then there were the tariffs on steel and aluminum, which harmed the racking companies. And the hits—or at least attempted hits—just kept coming in the form of other tariffs on materials vital to the United States solar industry. Not to mention, of course, the completely unnecessary trade war with China.
But the numbers from the Solar Energy Industries Association’s (SEIA) U.S. Solar Market 2018 Year-in-Review Report indicated that despite all the headwinds, we still added 10.6 GW of solar to the country’s increasingly renewable energy matrix. And we have showed no signs of slowing down.
Now, it is true that 10.6 GW is a 2% decrease from 2017, and that’s slightly disappointing. In the face of all the attempts to arrest the solar industry’s growth coming from our federal officials, however, the solar industry should be dancing a jaunty jig. [click for link]