Report: Tariff on PV could endanger 50,000 U.S. jobs

An economic analysis prepared by The Brattle Group says that a 100 percent tariff on imported solar PV cells and modules from China would result in as many as 50,000 net lost jobs in the U.S. over the next three years. Furthermore, retaliatory tariffs placed on U.S. exports of polysilicon to China would put nearly 11,000 more American jobs at risk in the first year following tariff imposition.

According to The Brattle Group’s analysis, the imposition of tariffs will “slow the growth in domestic demand for photovoltaic systems by homeowners, commercial establishments and power producers, resulting in substantial job losses.”

The study, commissioned by the Coalition for Affordable Solar Energy (CASE), examined the impacts that imposing a 50 percent tariff or a 100 percent tariff would have on the U.S. solar industry through 2014. SolarWorld, the German-based solar cell company, filed a petition to the U.S. Commerce Department and the U.S. International Trade Commission in October, seeking up to 250 percent tariffs to be required for PV materials coming from China.

To download a copy of The Brattle Group report, “The Employment Impacts of Proposed Tariffs on Chinese Manufactured Photovoltaic Cells and Modules”, click here.

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