4 Happy Thoughts about the Trump Solar Tariffs

By John Rogers, Senior Energy Analyst, Clean Energy,
Union of Concerned Scientists

I’ve talked about the many problems with President Trump’s recent decision to tax imports of solar cells and modules. I’m an optimist by nature, though, so I’m always looking for the silver lining. Here are four theories I’ll be testing with my sunny-side take on all this: Solar will grow, solar jobs will grow, the solar industry is strong, and we are strong. Continue reading here.


  1. Supreme Court called on to reject discrimination against rooftop solar, Wisconsin Gazette
    “The Salt River Project and other utilities shouldn’t be allowed to overcharge and discriminate against homeowners who embrace clean solar energy,” said Jean Su, associate conservation director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “In our era of runaway climate change, it’s critical for the Supreme Court to stop these outdated monopolies from abusing the law and trying to strangle renewable-energy development.”
  2. 5 takeaways from Michigan’s renewable portfolio standard report, Midwest Energy News
    Takeaways include: The cost of renewables is falling much faster than regulators expected. Renewables beat coal by a long shot – and they’re closing in on natural gas.
  3. Conservative MN counties benefit from clean energy, Opinion by Frank Jossi, Midwest Energy News Contributor. Posted by Granite Falls Advocate Tribune.
  4. Orleans School District Using Solar Panels To Power School, Indiana Public Media
  5. First Solar to build the largest solar plant in the South, PV Magazine
    Georgia Power has awarded a power contract to the PV maker and developer under its latest solicitation. The project will utilize First Solar’s large-format Series 6 modules.
  6. Solar advocate Lauren “Bubba” McDonald appointed GPSC chair, PV Magazine
    The outspoken proponent of solar will now chair a board with a pro-solar majority, as Georgia becomes one of the top U.S. markets for large-scale solar.
  7. Platte River Power Authority, Loveland’s electricity provider, is seeking more solar, Loveland Reporter-Herald. The Platte River Power Authority, which is owned by Loveland, Fort Collins, Estes Park and Longmont, put out a request for proposals from companies that could supply at least 20 megawatts of solar energy and, ideally, up to 5 megawatt-hours of storage capacity, according to a press release.
  8. Solar Generated Electricity Coming to More Six Flags Parks, Six Flags Entertainment Corporation. Posted by PV Magazine.
  9. Largest Wind Farm Coming to Oklahoma, EcoWatch
  10. Michigan utility will phase out coal by 2040, CEO says, PV Magazine
    Consumers Energy says it wants to reduce its carbon emissions by 80% on the same time frame as it completely phases out coal and replacing it with renewable sources like wind and solar.
  11. UI engineering students building solar car, driving to all 99 Iowa counties: Students also will compete in 2018 American Solar Challenge, University of Iowa News
  12. Study: Chicago Could See 80,000 Electric Cars by 2030, WTTW

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