US proposes plans to increase solar power generation

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US President Joe Biden wants the US to produce more solar power in the years to come. To make this possible, Biden wants to take steps to dramatically increase the production of solar panels in the United States. It also does not charge import duties on cheap boards from Southeast Asia at this time. The press service reports that Reuters

According to the IEA, the United States is one of the few countries where solar energy production is slowing. The reason for this is that cheap boards from Asia are often used in the United States.

Several years ago, the United States decided to impose import duties on solar panels from China because they were in competition with American panel manufacturers. The government has also recently threatened to impose tariffs on paintings from various Southeast Asian countries, such as Vietnam and Thailand. China is suspected of having its plates manufactured in these countries in order to circumvent customs duties on American imports.

The tariffs benefit US panel makers. But for US solar garden developers, fees are actually an issue. After all, Asian panels have become much more expensive due to fees. So many projects stopped.

To start producing solar power again, Biden has now decided not to impose tariffs on panels from Southeast Asian countries for the next two years. Customs duties on Chinese products will remain in place.

The president is also proposing plans to get more solar panels made in the United States. Total generation capacity is expected to reach 22.5 gigawatts within two years. This measure aims to make the country’s energy transition less dependent on foreign countries.

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