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The U.S. Imposes 30 Percent Duty on Chinese Solar Panels


The US president, Donald Trump, made an announcement concerning his imposed tariff on Chinese solar panels (this was imposed alongside imported washing machines), thereby giving a boost to Whirlpool Corp and consequently dealing a setback to the renewable energy industry.

A statement by the US trade representative Robert Lighthizer, said that the two imported products: solar panels and washing machines “are a substantial cause of serious injury to domestic manufacturers.” The restrictions by the US president were to help domestic producers of solar power thrive, or probably to enhance the use of coals, which ostensibly is something he’s fighting for.

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A 30 percent duty will be imposed on imported solar cells and modules in the first year. This with the tariffs duty would have declined to 15 percent by the fourth year. Whirlpool chairman, Jeff Fettig, said, “By enforcing our existing trade laws, President Trump has ensured American workers will compete on a level playingfield with their foreign counterparts. The duty would help to slow a shift to renewable energy in the United States”.

Renewables was already becoming a source thriving as much as the use of coals was thriving. MJ Shiao, head of renewable energy research for Wood Mackenzie, said that the duty would likely reduce the projected US solar installations by 10-15 percent over the next five years. He also said that, “It is a significant impact, but certainly not destructive to the end market.”

These Chinese solar panel industries play a vital role in the economy of the US. From providing solar power at a very cheap price, to making jobs available for over 23,000 people in the US. Chinese solar industries ought to be embraced by the US president, Donald Trump. However, his decision seemed to favour a number of domestic solar industries who were complaining about Chinese competition. Some include bankrupt Suniva (majority owned by the Chinese), and bankrupt SolarWorld, owned by the Germans.

The 30 percent surcharge imposed on the solar panel importing Chinese industries, would definitely leave a negative effect on the industries; and consequently affect employment and also the affordability of solar power. The Solar industry, SEIA, on the 22nd of January said on Twitter, “Today’s decision by President Trump is disappointing and will cause immediate & severe job losses across the country. The solar industry is too strong not to emerge from this, but the near-term impacts are unfortunate and avoidable.”

SEIA also said that, “This decision will cause roughly 23,000 American jobs to be lost this year, including many in manufacturing, and will cancel billions of dollars in investments in the U.S. economy. #SaveSolarJobs.”

The bulk of the cost of solar installations is not just the solar panels. About two third of the installation costs is from the commissions, the labor used, the wiring, and so on. The 30 percent imposed duty is estimated to increase the installation cost by 10 percent. An expert, Ramez Naam, said on his post on Twitter, “A 10% cost increase puts the total cost of utility-scale silicon solar in the US back to where it was in late 2015 or early 2016. At current pace of cost reduction, in another 1.5 years, costs will be back down to where they were in past years.”

Ramez who concluded that the industry would definitely be damaged said that, “None of this is to voice even the tiniest bit of support for Trump’s move on tariffs. It’s stupid, job destroying, bad for the planet, etc. We need to be moving faster, not slower. It will cause real damage to the solar industry for a couple years. But it won’t stop solar.”

There’s so much money that can be realized from the use of fossil fuels in America on a regular basis. The government as well as other agencies realize much gain. This is one thing the use of renewables does not offer America. You spend money upon installation; but after then you are left with no reason to keep paying money because all the energy used for such a system is free and cannot be monetized.

Many groups and industries in the US campaigned against the tariffs because they believe it will result in a “crisis” for the burgeoning industry and result in the loss of jobs for thousands of Americans. However, Suniva, a solar panel industry, majority-owned by Hong Kong, applauded the decision, saying that “Trump is sending a message that American innovation and manufacturing will not be bullied out of existence without a fight.” Considering comments from Mike Bloomberg on Twitter, some have come to conclude that it is all a plan to promote the production and use of fossil fuels in the U.S.

Reference: treehugger

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Rinkesh is passionate about clean and green energy. He is running this site since 2009 and writes on various environmental and renewable energy related topics. He lives a green lifestyle and is often looking for ways to improve the environment around him.

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Garbage is Beautiful [Infographic] – Conserve Energy Future


Many Americans are uneducated about the nuts and bolts of recycling. In fact, in 2017 only 40% of people said that they cared about the environment and our planet’s future. This is an alarming number to consider when in 2014 alone Americans produced 258 million tons of trash and 53% of that ended up in landfills. On average a single person can generate over 4 pounds of waste per day and unless more people start taking action to recycle properly, the majority of that waste will end up as trash in landfills.

There are a lot of excuses to be made as to why we throw away so much waste instead of recycling. For some it is the idea that recycling alone doesn’t make much of a difference or impact on our planet. Others may see recycling as an inconvenience or perhaps unreasonable because the service is not readily available in their community or if it is there may be a cost tied to it. Additionally there are also many who may be an interested in recycling but because they are unaware of the proper way to recycle past the basics tossing something becomes the easier option.

Educating people on what can be recycled and how to recycle some of the trickier items such as light bulbs and batteries as well as where to go to recycle these items can make a huge difference on helping reduce and reuse our waste. When one person begins to recycle it can lead a whole community to do the same so that instead of just one person decreasing waste by over 1500 pounds per year that number can grow exponentially.  Regardless of the exact reason why Americans aren’t recycling there’s no time like the present to start encouraging and educating each other on how to recycle easily and properly so that together we can make a change to a greener planet. For more information on how to recycle and think outside that recycling bin check out this infographic.

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Environmentally Friendly Denmark [Infographic] – Conserve Energy Future


Since I live in Denmark, I am surprised how to deal with food waste. Most supermarkets have very high last hour discounts (up to 80%) and often give free food at the end of the day, so as to avoid waste.

Not only supermarkets are aware of the waste of food, but also schools, since 2013, they spend time teaching their students everything they need to know about food waste. This means that for them it is equally important to learn math and take care of the planet. Thus, the parents of the future have learned from a very early age to not waste the food.

In addition to teaching them the theory of food waste, they take them to farms and factories so they can see where the food comes from and how it is produced. This has not only an educational purpose, but also seems very fun for the student as they interact and learn things.

At the same time, Denmark is far ahead from other countries when it comes to organic food and most of the supermarkets’ products are organic.

Thanks to campaigns based on promoting organic food and food waste, Danes have managed to get rid of “non-organic” products, regardless of the price of new organic products, and this has been addressed by introducing all organic products as ” luxury”. We all love luxury things, and even more when they contribute to our health and the health of our planet.

What makes them even more aware, is their new application called ‘ToGoodToGo’. With this application, restaurants and supermarkets register foods that they will not use so that the users can fill their basket with everything they need for only 20 or 40 kr. As a result, the loss of food is reduced in great results. People who spend less always have good food in the table, for less money.

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Grace Cook – Marketing Manager in Trendhim

Environmentally friendly Denmark infographic

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Rinkesh is passionate about clean and green energy. He is running this site since 2009 and writes on various environmental and renewable energy related topics. He lives a green lifestyle and is often looking for ways to improve the environment around him.

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