Smucker Statement on Trump Administration’s Solar Tariff Decision
Lancaster, PA – U.S. Rep. Lloyd Smucker (PA-16) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s decision to impose tariffs up to 30 percent on imported solar panels:
“I share and support President Trump’s goal of strengthening American manufacturing to better compete in the global economy, but this decision is misguided. This tariff jeopardizes billions of dollars in solar industry investments and could cost American jobs. That is why I wrote to the U.S. Trade Representative and the U.S. International Trade Commission urging them to consider the negative impacts tariffs would have on solar workers in my district and across the country, as well as the growth of our nation’s largest source of new electric generating capacity. While I am disappointed in this decision, I will continue to engage the administration to help protect American jobs and support robust growth in the solar field.”
On August 11, 2017, Rep. Smucker wrote to U.S. International Trade Commission Chairman Rhonda K. Schmidtlein, saying:
“We are concerned that the requested trade protection would sharply increase the price of solar panels which could lead to a negative impact across the whole solar industry. The increased costs could slow or even stop solar growth, jeopardizing billions of dollars in investment in communities across the country. Moreover, it is projected that the new tariffs could lead to a loss of 88,000 American solar jobs next year.”
On December 4, 2017, Rep. Smucker wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, saying:
“At the end of 2016, 9,000 solar companies employed over 260,000 American workers with a median wage of $25/hour, and one out of every 50 new jobs added by our economy in 2016 was a solar job. Moreover, we understand that $22.8 billion was invested in the solar industry in 2016 alone, with an additional $84 billion projected to be invested between 2017 and 2021. However, all of this tremendous growth in investments, installations, and jobs will be placed in danger if the federal government causes solar prices to spike significantly as a result of the trade case.”
The letters to Chairman Schmidtlein and Trade Representative Lighthizer can be found below.
Pennsylvania ranks 19th in the nation for solar production. 534 Pennsylvania solar companies support more than 3,000 jobs, making the commonwealth one of the largest solar employers in the nation.