On Monday, Jan. 22, the Trump administration imposed tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines. The tariffs could go up to 50 percent on washing machines and up to 30 percent on solar panels.
This decision will likely cause the prices for washing machines and solar panels to rise. The administration claims that the decision to impose these steep tariffs on foreign solar panels will benefit American workers as part of President Donald Trump’s “America First” promise. The Solar Energy Industries Association projects that tens of thousands of workers could lose their jobs.
We will discuss this latest attack on the economics of renewable energy with Lisa Albrecht, a renewable energy specialist for Solar Service, Inc., a local solar panel installer, and John Rogers, a senior energy analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists.