Solar energy’s perilous winter

By Ben Geman | Axios

Forget EPA’s climate rollbacks and the Paris brouhaha. The renewables industry, and solar energy in particular, is facing a series of overlapping policy battles that are probably more consequential, especially in the near-term. Here’s the latest in three fights that matter right now:

Coming today: The Solar Energy Industries Association and allies will roll out a proposal soaked in Trump-friendly language that’s designed to offer an alternative to tariffs on solar panel imports that the White House could impose soon.

They’re unveiling an “America First Plan for Solar Energy” that argues that tariffs and quotes that a pair of distressed panel manufacturers are seeking.

The plan, partially shared with Axios ahead of the rollout, argues that avoiding the tariffs that the industry says would badly curtail growth is needed to help support U.S. “energy dominance”—a phrase Trump officials use mostly to describe their support for wider fossil fuel development and exports.



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