- Nov 09, 2018 -
Stagnation is definitely not an option, but it’s hard to move forward. United States photovoltaic manufacturers are caught in a dilemma.
Relying on the import of cheap batteries, components and other photovoltaic products from China has led US PV industry to the golden era since 2016. But with the increasing influence of Section 201, the cost of imported photovoltaic products starts to grow, and the US domestic production capacity is far less than what the market demands. the US Domestic PV manufacturers have announced plans to expand production.
How is the plan implemented? Will the construction of the factory be without a hitch?
Domestic production capacity is difficult to meet the market demand because there is not enough cell manufacturing capacity in the United States to meet its installation capacity, most of the 12 GW PV installed capacity will have to meet the installation requirements by importing batteries or components.
On May 17, 2017, the US International Trade Commission launched a "201" survey on imported crystalline silicon solar cells and modules. Since January this year, the US International Trade Commission (USITC) has imposed tariff on products imported into the United States under the Section 201 . Specifically, a four-year tariff on imported photovoltaic cells and components will be imposed, at the rate of 30% for the first year and then a 5% annual decline. The first batch of imported 2.5GW batteries can be exempted from additional tariffs.