This White House Recently announced that they would be levying a 30% tariff on all imported solar modules imported to the United States. This comes after a months ling debate between two, predominantly foreign owned, panel manufacturers based in the United States invoked a little known statute in Section 201 of our trade laws. This allowed the to make the case that foreign products were being highly subsidized by their own governments and thus they were not able to compete on a level playing field. This issue was brought up to the International Trade Commission (ITC) and deliberated for many weeks. Opponents of the proposed tariffs stated that the solar industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the United States. This huge job growth is largely due to the rise in the solar panel installer profession which heavily relies on cheap foreign made panels to encourage homeowners and business alike to purchase solar power to reduce or entirely offset their electric bill each month. The manufacturers however claimed that cheap imports were making it impossible for them to compete thus causing the shutdown of manufacturing plants and the loss of good paying manufacturing jobs. Even though the manufacturing workforce makes up a very small portion of the much larger total solar workforce, the ITC decided to rule in favor of the manufacturers much to the chagrin of all other aspects of the solar value chain. The ITC sent recommendations to the White House for President Trump to sign. The Whitehouse slightly altered the recommendations levying a 30% tariff on panels which will decline 5% per year for the next four years and allowing 2.5 gigawatts of solar cells to enter the country each year tariff free. Many feel this tariff will lead to a sharp decline in demand for solar as roughly 90% of panels in the United States are purchased from foreign manufacturers for their rock bottom prices. It is estimated by SEIA that the solar tariff could lead to upwards of 23,000 lost jobs in the installation portion of the solar sector. Only time will tell the true ripple effect that these tariffs have overtime but one thing can be sure; the solar industry for the most part is highly displeased with the actions taken by the president that they feel undermine a booming industry that is growing faster that any other job in the United States. Only time will tell of the lasting effects of this tariff.