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International Trade

As a trade association that represents 1,000 member companies across the entire solar supply chain, SEIA seeks to promote and protect the interests of the 10,000 U.S. companies engaged in the solar industry and the more than 242,000 American workers they employ. SEIA supports fair and free trade of solar equipment to grow the American solar industry, which is strengthening our national security and driving local and national economic growth.

SEIA fights for free and fair trade to support the U.S. solar industry

Section 201 Tariffs

In January 2018, President Trump announced new tariffs on imported solar cells and modules, following a months-long case at the International Trade Commission. These tariffs are currently under midterm review, and SEIA is advocating for their removal.

Quick Facts
  • The effective date of the tariffs was February 7, 2018, and was set at 30%, with a 5% declining rate per year over the four year term of the tariff.
  • The U.S. International Trade Commission is currently undergoing a midterm review of the case, which SEIA and our members are actively engaged in.
  • As a result of the Section 201 tariffs, 62,000 workers were laid off or never hired, and 10.5 gigawatts of solar projects were lost. 

American solar manufacturing is a diverse economic powerhouse that employs 38,000 workers.

Supply Chain Ethics & Sustainability

SEIA and the solar industry are committed to ensuring an ethical solar supply chain and stamping out human rights abuses.

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