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US imports of Chinese solar climbed sharply in Q4

1,200%. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, that’s how high imports of Chinese modules rose in the fourth quarter last year, in a desperate attempt to stockpile sufficient numbers before tariffs choked off international supplies.

APS, First Solar to install Arizona’s largest battery system

The Arizona-based module manufacturer will install a 50 MW battery system charged by a 65 MW solar farm under a 15-year power contract with the U.S. state’s largest utility.


US: Trump proposes 72% cut to DOE’s clean energy research

U.S. President Donald J. Trump has asked Congress to take a machete to the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) renewable energy and energy efficiency programs to even lower levels than he proposed last year – cuts likely avoided because of Congressional incompetence.


BREAKING: JinkoSolar confirms plans to invest $410 million in the US

In the first official confirmation of what pv magazine has been writing for two weeks, the Chinese manufacturer authorized its U.S. subsidiary to finalize plans for the investment.


Stem closes $80 million funding round

The energy storage company will receive the money from three different investors, including the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Trump levies graduated tariffs starting at 30%, exempts 2.5 GW in cells

The decision, released on U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s website, could keep current U.S. module manufacturers in business by keeping their cell lifelines open.


Source: US solar tariffs won’t be as severe as feared

A source told pv magazine that the Section 201 decision has been made, but announcement last Friday was delayed. While tariffs will be imposed, they said, the levels and other details will not be the worst-case scenario.

JinkoSolar looks to set up US factories

A source has revealed to pv magazine that the Chinese PV behemoth is the company negotiating with the city of Jacksonville, Florida.


Report: Trump says he’ll announce solar tariff decision “soon”

In an interview with Reuters, the president slammed what he referred to as the dumping of inexpensive modules on the U.S. market.


USITC delivers report to Trump: China’s circumvention unforeseen

The U.S. International Trade Commission delivered a report to President Trump that should bolster Section 201’s petitioners, SolarWorld and Suniva’s efforts to get the president to impose sanctions on solar imports as the January 26 deadline looms.

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