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Old 06-11-2014, 07:05 PM   #1
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Solar Panel Prices going UP

After years of dropping prices, the Commerce department is putting tariffs on imported solar panels. Got this from Solar Blvd my vendor of choice.

On Tuesday, June 3rd 2014, The United States Department of Commerce successfully imposed increased duties of approximately 21.89 percent to importers of solar panels, asserting that foreign manufacturers had benefited from unfair subsidies.

The decision, in a long-simmering trade dispute, addresses one of the main charges in a petition brought by the manufacturer SolarWorld Industries America. While it is preliminary, the ruling means that the United States will begin collecting the tariffs in advance of the final decision, expected later this year.

What does this mean to you as a customer? Since you are not the importer on file, you will not be directly taxed for your solar panels. There will, however, be an increase of about 15 percent across the board on all solar modules in the next coming months.

Our goal at Solarblvd is to remain competitive. So, we will continue to offer you great pricing and unprecedented service in the coming years!

Thank you for your continued support.

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Old 06-11-2014, 07:34 PM   #2
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Ok, so at a time when solar panels are still not cost effective and they haven't taken off due to their prices, now your government has decided to tax them more and cause the prices to drive up?

With all the focus on going green you'd think you want to subsidize and drive prices down so you can stimulate the market, not strangle it.

Ah, oh well. Not much we can do about it.
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Old 06-11-2014, 08:08 PM   #3
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Ok, so at a time when solar panels are still not cost effective and they haven't taken off due to their prices, now your government has decided to tax them more and cause the prices to drive up?

With all the focus on going green you'd think you want to subsidize and drive prices down so you can stimulate the market, not strangle it.

Ah, oh well. Not much we can do about it.
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Without turning this into a political debate I would like to go on record as saying this is a good thing. All subsidies are a waste of my tax dollars.
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Old 06-12-2014, 08:28 AM   #5
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Without turning this into a political debate I would like to go on record as saying this is a good thing. All subsidies are a waste of my tax dollars.
You missed the point. The subsidy is from the Chinese government (not ours) and they are selling the panels, here, cheaper than we can make them, here.

So, the tariff is to "level the playing field" to make our solar panels "competitive" to theirs. We just get to pay more now...
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:41 PM   #6
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I received the same e-mail from Solar Blvd. Two thoughts on this: First, it may create a temporary run on panels as customers try to beat the price increase. Second, the prices of solar panels will likely continue to drop worldwide, so this tariff may be offset and the net result will be little change in prices over a year or two.
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Old 06-12-2014, 12:43 PM   #7
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Just thought I would give those considering a solar panel upgrade a "head's up. If you are thinking about it now; maybe time to pull the trigger.
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