Uncertain forecast for NJ solar industry in wake of federal tariffs

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DAVID CRUZ / NJTV NEWS – With such a reliable main source, the solar industry has had a hard time growing in New Jersey. The industry has had as many dark days as sunny, and new tariffs imposed by the Trump administration promise to bring more unpredictability to an industry that, ironically, has a new friend in Trenton.

“I remain, and we remain, committed to a new energy master plan, one that we have not had for a long time in this state, that would see our state achieve 100 percent clean energy by the year 2050,” said Gov. Phil Murphy recently.

But while the state’s disposition is sunny, some say the federal government is throwing shade at the industry by imposing a 30 percent tariff on imports of solar panels, or modules. The president says the Chinese have been dumping cheap solar panels on the U.S. market for years …


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