Tesla has apparently begun manufacturing its solar roof tiles at its Buffalo, New York, factory, according to Reuters. The company is also starting the process of surveying the homes of people who placed a deposit on the tiles last year for installation purposes. We've reached out to Tesla for confirmation.
On Monday, the Trump administration slapped new tariffs on solar-panel imports that could increase the costs of buying solar equipment made abroad by as much as 30 percent. The idea is to bolster U.S. manufacturers and give them more potential to grow and add jobs, but in reality, this is a myopic strategy that fails to really consider what the solar-energy industry is and how it grew so fast.
President Trump's most useful ally in his push to restore the dominance of coal, oil and gas in America could ultimately turn out to be a pair of bankrupt solar firms seeking help from the federal government getting back on their feet. In an unorthodox trade case roiling the solar industry worldwide, the duo of distressed panel makers is aiming to empower Trump with the authority to slap punishing tariffs on foreign competitors whose cheap panels have fueled the massive growth in U.S. solar installations. The fallout from the case that was heard by the U.S. International Trade Commission Tuesday threatens to destabilize the American solar industry. Prices of panels would roughly double should the company get the relief it is seeking, several independent analysts warn. Some 88,000 jobs in U.S. the solar electricity sector -- one in every three -- would vanish, according to the Solar Energy Industries Assn.
U S. trade officials on Friday empowered President Trump to impose tariffs that could cut off the solar energy industry from the cheap foreign-made panels that have driven its explosive growth. The tariffs under consideration are meant to protect a small number of American solar-panel manufacturers reeling in the face of cheap imports. The U.S. International Trade Commission voted to enable Trump to impose them at the behest of two distressed firms that warned the American panel manufacturing industry is in a state of collapse. But most of the rest of the solar industry fiercely opposes the levies, which independent analysts warn would drive up consumer prices and cause the number of annual solar installations in the U.S. to plunge. Only a fraction of American solar companies make the panels.