After being rocked by Trump tariffs, the solar energy business is bouncing back

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After being rocked by Trump tariffs, the solar energy business is bouncing back

Since 2010, the solar industry has grown rapidly — increasing some 150% to nearly 243,000 workers in 2018 from just under 100,000 eight years earlier, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) said.


But recently the industry has struggled with the uncertainty brought on by new tariffs imposed in January 2018 by the Trump administration of 30% on imported solar panels. (Those tariffs are set to decline by 5% each year. The first 2.5 gigawatts of imported cells are also exempted each year, and certain products, including some cells made by SunPower, were exempted from the list.)


Now the industry is poised for a comeback of sorts, in part thanks to state initiatives such as California’s push to go solar. The outlook for job growth in 2019 sees an increase of 7%, to a total of 259,400 jobs, according to advocacy group The Solar Foundation’s National Solar Jobs Census for 2018.


Did you know that even if you’ve been told your roof isn’t a good candidate for solar panels you may still be able to utilize solar power in your home? Even if it’s just that you don’t like the ascetic of panels on your home, there are options! Through our partners at Community Solar you can take advantage of discounted energy generated in a community solar farm. To learn more about this, schedule a Mass Save energy assessment today.

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