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Sinema and Kelly seek to extend two-year pause on solar tariffs


YUMA, Ariz. (KYMA, KECY) - Arizona Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly urge the Biden administration to extend the two-year pause on new solar tariffs.

Through a press release, the senators, along with their colleagues, also want to protect Arizona jobs and consumers.

Not only that, the senators urge the Biden administration to prioritize the implementation of solar provisions.

“If we are serious about investing in a clean energy future and creating hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs, we need to ensure that solar projects across the U.S. have access to the basic components needed to operate, grow, and thrive. While the Department of Commerce rightfully narrowed the scope of its decision as compared to the original petition, we are concerned that this decision will still harm domestic solar efforts, hinder our clean energy goals, and hurt American jobs. In order to continue supporting such a critical industry and protecting good-paying American jobs, we urge the Biden Administration to take additional action by extending the two-year pause on new solar tariffs and expediting the implementation of the solar provisions, including the solar manufacturing tax credits, from the Inflation Reduction Act,” said the senators.

U.S. Dept. of Commerce's investigation

In addition, the senator's urging comes as the U.S. Department of Commerce conducted its investigation into solar panels.

That and cells imported from Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand and Cambodia.

Moreover, the investigation has caused widespread cancelations and delays in the U.S. solar industry.

In fact, the investigation also threatened to expand harmful job-killing tariffs on solar imports, raising costs for Arizona consumers.

According to a report, 70% of American companies indicate that at least half of their solar workforce is at risk.

Of course, this is a result of the investigation.

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