Trump’s solar tariffs are stoking global competition

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser / Axios

Competition in the global solar industry is ramping up in the wake of President Trump imposing tariffs on panel imports earlier this year.

Why it matters: Before the administration issued the tariffs, most of the American solar industry predicted it would hurt U.S. solar jobs, many of which are based on installing cheap solar panels from places like China. Two interviews with top executives at American and Chinese solar companies offer a glimpse into how these countries are positioning to thrive amid the tariffs.