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SunPower Cells and Modules Excluded from Trump’s Solar Tariffs


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Statement by SunPower Chairman and CEO Tom Werner on the Company’s Solar Tariff Exclusion The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has filed with the Federal Register office, for publication on Sept. 19, 2018, a decision that certain interdigitated back contact (IBC) solar cells and modules within specific size and power ranges, will be excluded from the solar tariffs imposed in January pursuant to Section 201 of the Trade Act. As a result, SunPower’s IBC cells and modules are excluded from Section 201 import tariffs. Below is a statement from SunPower Chairman and CEO Tom Werner on the exclusion.

How solar energy can help us work towards a sustainable future Solar is probably the safest and most reliable energy production method.

The energy provided by the sun every year is 100 times greater than the total amount of energy provided by oil, coal and gas. Solar energy is unlimited, but there is a downside: converting solar energy into useful electricity is difficult.

Here’s why an energy-sharing economy would be a win-win scenario in Hong Kong The most popular solar energy conversion method uses semiconducting materials such as the photovoltaic cell (PV). The efficiency of the crystalline silicon-based solar cells that power the conversion is slightly lower than 20 per cent. These silicon (Si) cells currently dominate the photovoltaic market. Other competitors such as organic photovoltaics, dye-sensitised solar cells and quantum dot solar cells have a low energy and are cheaper to make, but their inefficiencies make them a less popular choice for commercial and scientific purposes.

Check if your utility offers net metering

It’s all fine and dandy that you know exactly how much solar you need to meet all your energy needs, but solar panels can never provide all your energy at exactly the time you need it. That’s why many decades ago, some very smart people invented this thing called ―net metering.‖ They invented it, looked upon their creation, and decided it was good. But ever since solar panel prices have fallen so low most homeowners can afford them, utility companies have been fighting against it.

Why utilities hate home solar Most states still offer net metering, but it’s becoming increasingly threatened. You see, utility companies decided they didn’t want homeowners muscling in on their racket. After all, most electric providers are investor-owned regulated monopolies, and they have an obligation to maximize profits for their shareholders. You and a few hundred other folks in your city taking your little houses out of the equation means they don’t get to make as much profit.

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What Sort Of Maintenance Is Required? Not too much, really. Your solar panels themselves can last for decades on end without much upkeep (maybe just remember to keep them free of debris, snow, etc.). But you will likely need to replace the inverter a few times throughout the life of your system.

Like the solar panels themselves, inverters typically come with a warranty – these can range from 5-15 years (and sometimes even longer). Unlike your panels, your inverter will not see its efficiency dwindle very slowly; instead, it may simply stop working and need to be replaced.

Do Solar Panels Work On Cloudy, Rainy, Or Cold Days? We’ll cut straight to the chase – solar panels work just fine when it’s cloudy, rainy, and/or cold. Are clouds and rain ideal for solar panels? Of course not. They are most effective in direct sunlight. But solar panels can still generate power when the sun is blocked by clouds – more than enough, in fact, to remain a viable source of electricity. Take Germany, for example. It’s not particularly warm or sunny, but is nevertheless a world leader in solar energy. As for winter, there’s some even better news: Solar panels are powered by light, not heat, and because of the way the technology works, they’re just as effective — if not more effective — in cooler temperatures as in hot ones.

How Much Does A Solar Energy System Cost? ―In 2018, most US homeowners are paying between $2.71 and $3.57 per watt to install solar, and the average gross cost of solar panels before tax credits is $18,840,‖ EnergySage estimates. That may seem quite expensive, but it also doesn’t take into account the many incentives available to solar customers and the multiple new forms of solar financing that have emerged in recent years that can allow customers to put solar on their rooftops at little or no cost up front. In addition, in the US, a 30 percent federal investment tax credit is available until 2019 (stepping down in the years beyond) and can offset the cost of your investment substantially, and many states also offer their own tax breaks and incentives to encourage home solar panel installation.

How much money solar panels can save you

Now this one really depends. The biggest two factors that determine how much money your solar panels save you are incentives and electricity cost. Incentives are tricky, because they vary from state to state (and sometimes from month to month). But electricity cost is easier to figure out, because you get a bill every month with the cost per kilowatthour (kWh) right on there! Last of all: multiply your electric rate by the number of yearly kWh from the last step. In St. Louis, they pay about $0.12/kWh for electricity. So $0.12/kWh x 9,000 kWh/year = $1,080 saved in one year with our 6.6-kW solar panel system!

Can People Really Save Money With Solar Panels?

Yes. Not only does a solar energy system add substantial value to your home the minute it’s up and running, it often pays for itself – and then some! ―Twenty-year electricity savings from solar can be significant, ranging from the low end of $10k to almost $30k,‖ according to EnergySage. If you follow that math – and please keep in mind your savings will vary, depending on factors like your typical electricity cost, average sunlight in your region, and the scale of your system you install – depending on the final cost of your system after federal, state, and local incentives, in as little as seven-and-a-half years, your system will have paid for itself.

Energy with Longevity

SunPower® creates products that are designed to last. In fact, SunPower® solar panels have a life expectancy of up to 40 years. On top of that, they are backed with a 25-yearwarranty, so your solar panels are always protected. We know, it’s pretty impressive. You can monitor your system 24/7 and we also offer around the clock services. Our company stands apart because of the fact that we do all of our work in-house. So while many solar installers in the area outsource parts of the jobs to other contractors, we do everything ourselves and are able to ensure that everything is done right. We deliver a world class product to customers, with world class service, making sure each customer has a great experience with us. This is why we have become the one-stop-shop for anyone who wants to go solar in New York City.

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SunPower Cells and Modules Excluded from Trump’s Solar Tariffs  

Statement by SunPower Chairman and CEO Tom Werner on the Company’s Solar Tariff Exclusion.

SunPower Cells and Modules Excluded from Trump’s Solar Tariffs  

Statement by SunPower Chairman and CEO Tom Werner on the Company’s Solar Tariff Exclusion.