U.S. share of imports of solar installations by source country 2017

Most U.S. solar installations require the use of imported panels, largely coming from Asia. About 36 percent of solar panel imports into the United States comes from Malaysia. About 58 percent of voters in the United States stated that they opposed imposing tariffs on these imported energy panels.

Solar import tariffs

In 2018, President Donald Trump tacked on duties of as much as 30 percent onto solar power products from outside of the domestic market. These safeguard tariffs were placed onto imported silicon solar cells and modules and will apply for four years. Previously in 2014, the International Trade Commission (ITC) had implemented restrictions on solar products manufactured in China and Taiwan to prevent dumping, and thus, the United States began to receive imports largely from Malaysia, South Korea, and Singapore.

How is the solar market now?

The solar tariffs have had an impact on the overall price of solar in the United States and the number of solar energy-related jobs after the initial trade complaint was filed in 2017. However, the solar energy industry in the United States continues to prosper in spite of the import tariffs placed on this renewable energy source.

Distribution of solar panel imports in the U.S. in 2017, by source country

Share of imported panels
Malaysia36%
Korea21%
Thailand9%
Vietnam9%
China8%
Other17%
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Sources

Release date

January 2018

Region

United States

Survey time period

2017

Method of interview

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