We discussed the impacts of the Solar Tariff on US solar manufacturers, large-scale developers and residential installers. How will affect the market, and will it really help manufacturers in the US? Will in cause a slow-down in the residential and utility-scale solar industry in Austin, and Texas? And, while we are talking to the guests – how is the present and future solar market looking in Texas?
The solar tariff is applied to foreign manufactured solar PV panels at a rate of 30 % in year 1 scaling down to 15 % in year 4.
Our guest were:
Charlie Hemmeline, Executive Director of the Texas Solar Power Association
The Texas Solar Power Association is a statewide industry trade association that promotes the development of solar electric generation in Texas. Our member companies invest in the development of solar photovoltaic products and projects in Texas, cost-competitively serving customers in both wholesale and retail markets. Our membership includes manufacturers, large-scale power plant developers, residential and commercial rooftop integrators, and other Texas companies participating across the full solar photovoltaic supply chain.
David Jankowsky, President, Francis Renewable Energy.
They are a solar developer/installer for large-scale projects as well as residential projects. Their signature project in the Austin area is a large housing development called Wisper Valley where all the homes are planned to be zero energy with solar PV and energy efficiency measures. He will talk about the development and the potential effects of the solar Tariff on his large-scale developments.
Stan Pipkin, Owner and President, Lighthouse Solar
Lighthouse is a local solar installer specializing in commercial and residential buildings. Lighthouse Solar is a solar energy companies and a leader in paving the way for sustainable, renewable energy for homes and businesses. Our mission is to accelerate the switch to clean, renewable, secure, and democratized energy sources while contributing to a clean energy workforce.