May 16, 2024 - Energy & Environment

πŸ‘€ Biden's newest solar trade move

Illustration of a briefcase made out of solar panels.

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

The Biden administration is ending a key solar tariff exemption in a move long sought by domestic manufacturers.

Why it matters: It's another front in the ongoing solar trade wars that could bolster nascent efforts to make solar panels in the U.S. β€” and divide the industry.

Driving the news: Officials this morning said they're removing a tariff exemption for bifacial panels.

  • Those two-sided panels are the main technology used in large solar installations.
  • Biden had extended the exemption from the "section 201" levies in 2022, with support from renewables developers and trade groups. Manufacturers and some lawmakers had been lobbying to nix it.
  • "This will be an important measure in leveling the playing field around what is an increasing share of the deployment market," said White House climate adviser Ali Zaidi.

Context: Administration officials cited an International Trade Commission report from February that found bifacial panel imports doubled between 2020 and 2022.

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