Last week in the annual “Blocking the Sun” report Environment America found that more than 90 percent in the US want more solar power, however a handful of entities and people across the US are blocking access to more solar power. Then there’s the ongoing Suniva and SolarWorld Americas tariff case. The US International Trade Commission (ITC) made a series of recommendations last week, none as draconian as Suniva originally proposed.
In its report, Environment America found that at least 20 entities operating in 12 states are pushing to make it harder for people to go solar at their homes. That’s despite an overwhelming majority of people—more than 90 percent who support more solar power in the country. Still, entities ranging from Edison Electric Institute to the Koch brothers, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and more were among those that are pushing against more solar power.
The ITC made a range of recommendations in the ITC trade case seeking relief from the low-costs of imported silicon photovoltaic panels and cells. The case has worried most of the US solar industry because the tariffs that Suniva wanted would almost double the cost of such solar panels in the US. The newer recommendations would still impose tariffs on the panels but none of the recommendations are for even half as much as Suniva asked for.
Still, solar is growing strong in the US. Last week, Cypress Creek Renewables announced that it will build 2 gigawatts of solar power in South Carolina. To support the projects and help create 10,000 local jobs, the company invested $25,000 to create a solar training center at Greenville Technical College.
Clean Energy Collective will build a portfolio of 22 megawatts of community solar farms across five states in New England. Clean Energy Collective partnered with ENGIE to roll out the projects. Under the partnership ENGIE and CEC will share their financial and technological resources.Tweet