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U.S.-Made Panels Falling In Popularity Under Solar Tariffs

Despite tariffs implemented by the Trump administration, American-made solar panels are decreasing in popularity, according to the latest EnergySage Solar Marketplace Intel Report.  In its semiannual report, EnergySage tracks demand for American-made solar panels in the U.S. and provides other insights into consumer shopping behavior.

In January 2018, the Trump administration acted on the U.S. International Trade Commission’s finding of “serious injury” to U.S. solar panel manufacturers by levying tariffs on imported solar panels. The tariffs were intended to help American-made solar panels better compete with their foreign-made counterparts. However, a full year after the tariffs were announced, the number of quotes offering domestically produced panels reached near-record lows on EnergySage’s Solar Marketplace.

Ultimately, just 4% of EnergySage shoppers purchased a system with American-made solar panels in 2018 – representing an all-time low in the history of the Solar Marketplace.

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