Solar panel production stopped! We are hope recent federal actions will resolve this soon!
On Friday, June 3rd, we learned that Silfab Solar, our panel supplier, is temporarily halting the production of their Silfab SIL-380BK panels, which we use for our projects. Their decision was due to the US Commerce Department’s controversial solar tariff investigation, which has caused a great deal of turmoil for the US solar industry over the last several months. Although this investigation was launched because of a request from one small company we, and most other U.S. solar companies, are opposed to the solar tariff inquiry because of the chilling effect that we knew it would have on the industry, and have expressed our opposition.
In response to broad community action, the Biden Administration today announced plans to invoke the Defense Production Act for clean energy and provide a two-year reprieve from import tariffs on solar panel parts. This is an important step in the right direction, and we are now waiting to see what Silfab Solar is planning to do. Stay tuned!
Read the Solar Energy Industry Association's statement about the Defense Production Act action to support solar panel production.
We are working diligently to meet our existing orders, as well as are hopeful that the Defense Production Act will provide the certainty needed for panel manufacturers to re-up panel production.
We will keep you posted on this blog, as well as share opportunities for you, our clients and solar supporters, where you can speak up for residential solar and all it's benefits - clean energy, good jobs, and community climate resilience.
We thank you for your support and patience.
The Sun Path team