New Solar Factory To Open In United States
United Renewable Energy (URE), a Georgia-based engineering, procurement, and construction company that develops photovoltaic technologies, this morning announced plans to open a new photovoltaic plant in the United States.
URE will invest up to $16.9 million to create the new facility. The facility projects to produce between 500-1,000 MegaWatt peak.
The announcement comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s decision to impose a 30 percent tax on imported solar technologies.
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Former Vice President Al Gore says new solar tariffs are a result of private industry and President Trump is not entirely to blame.
The United States International Trade Commission in 2017 recommended 35 percent taxes on all imported solar technologies. President Trump opted to impose a 30 percent tax, which spurred concern that more expensive imports will lead to higher installation costs and fewer American jobs.
Members of the Republican Party spoke out against the tariffs. Several members of the party are set to draft a letter to President Trump to express their concerns about the tariffs while the country renegotiates critical trade agreements.
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