Three manufacturers with Canadian module assembly have had no luck in trying to get a preliminary injunction against the Section 201 tariffs.
The new round of IT-related tariffs could make it more expensive for any manufacturers planning to import cells from China for module production in the United States.
Through the deal SunPower gets $25 million and stock; however the bigger deal may be Enphase’s right to be the company’s exclusive residential inverter supplier.
Thanks in no small part to modules stockpiled before the Section 201 tariffs hit, both the utility-scale and “non-residential” market segments grew year-over-year in Q1. And while the duties are expected to play a greater role in 2019, there are other factors supporting ongoing market growth.
The plant is the second-largest planned in the Western Hemisphere, and will triple the thin film module maker’s manufacturing capacity in the United States.
The massive order follows the 2.75 GW supply deal the Chinese manufacturer signed with NextEra, as it deepens its presence in the U.S. market.
The Trump administration’s domestic energy policy has attempted a focus on strategic safety to support coal and nuclear – with apparently zero concern for long term viability or cost – while forgetting that the sun shines everyday.
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