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President Biden Invokes Defense Production Act to Solar Industry

On April 1, 2022, the Commerce Department began an investigation into solar panel makers in four southeast Asian countries. Auxin Solar, a California based solar panel maker, asked the Department to investigate if these Chinese companies were avoiding tariffs by shipping from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam to avoid tariffs for goods made in China. The probe halted panel imports and has had negative impacts throughout the industry, including delays in construction and production timelines for solar energy developers.  As a result, the Biden Administration introduced a proposal on June 5, 2022 to initiate a two-year suspension on tariffs applicable to the four countries named in the investigation. While tariffs could be applied to panels imported after the suspension, retroactive payments would no longer be applicable. Additionally, the Biden Administration’s proposal invokes the Defense Production Act, which will use federal procurements and make loans and grants available to solar developers to accelerate United States market growth. Details of the proposal are still being released, but the action has the potential to provide much needed relief to developers stalled by the investigation.

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Tanya Larrabee Environmental & Renewable Energy Attorney Sherin & Lodgen Law Firm
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Tanya M. Larrabee represents renewable energy clients in the acquisition, development and financing of solar, wind and energy storage projects, including advising on state incentive programs.

Prior to joining Sherin and Lodgen, Tanya served as Legal Counsel at the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) where she represented and executed DOER’s legal and policy strategy in state and federal administrative proceedings including §83C offshore wind and §83D clean energy procurements, rate case proceedings, storage proceedings...

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