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Old 12-17-2014, 01:46 PM
 
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/17/bu...nels.html?_r=0

That is for panels made in Mainland China. Those made in Taiwan will see rates of 11 to over 27%.

In addition: subsidy duty charges of over 27% to over 49% on modules made in China.

Get ready, consumer prices are going to go up considerably very quickly, just in time for the phase out of some state tax credits and the sundown of federal tax credits.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:09 PM
 
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More info including some specific tariff rates for well known panels:

Solar Panel Prices Expected to Rise in the US Due to New Tariffs on Chinese Panels

from that source:

"From China:

Trina Solar – 26.33 percent
Rensola and Jinko – 58.87 percent
Suntech – 42.33 percent
Another 42 unspecified manufactures – 42.33 percent
China-wide entity (those who didn’t respond to the DOC’s questionnaire) -165.04 percent
From Taiwan:

Gintech – 27.69 percent
Motech – 44.18 percent
All others 35.89 percent"

How much of that tariff rate will be passed onto consumers might not be reflected by those rates but prices will go up and coupled with the reductions and eliminations of many solar tax credits, the typical consumer looking to buy panels would be well advised to speed up their purchases.

I don't think that incentives will come along to offset price increases because of the very reason the tariffs were put in place to begin with.

Note the rate of over 150% for non responders to the DOC questionnaire. That is more than a triple price tariff. Maybe those are the lesser name branded panels?

Trina and Suntech are very popular panels.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:36 PM
 
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Well its not really surprising since Solar makes more sense in a limit energy availability country like China. Its just a fact that they can produce and dump panels at very low prices. But tariffs will just block the development of usage by making them more too expensive. Solar will make less and less sense for some years to come cost wise in US. In China even water heater power by them makes a lot of sense .People often forget just now undeveloped most of china really is.
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