According to job numbers released this week by The Solar Foundation (TSF), the solar industry employed just about 4 percent less people in 2017 than it did in 2016. The Solar Jobs Census found that 250,271 Americans work in solar as of 2017, representing a 3.8 percent decline, or about 9,800 fewer jobs, since 2016. This is the first year that jobs have decreased since the Solar Jobs Census was first released in 2010.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would announce a decision soon on whether to slap tariffs on imported solar panels, and quipped that when countries dump subsidized panels in the United States, "Everybody goes out of business." [...]
As Renewable Energy World has meticulously documented since Suniva, Inc. filed its case with the International Trade Commission (ITC) in April 2017 alleging that imports of solar cells and modules from overseas manufacturers (primarily China) had resulted in serious harm to U.S. domestic manufacturers, the Section 201 trade case has roiled the solar industry in the US and China. [...]
On September 22, 2017, the International Trade Commission is set to make a decision on an important case for the solar industry. I talked with Bracewell Policy Resolution Group Energy Expert, Frank Maisano who is also a spokesperson for the Energy Trade Action Coalition about the possible outcomes of the case. [...]