What is SunCommon doing to respond?
1 Bring the fight to DC.
Kevin Schulte (CEO of SunCommon NY) heads down to DC in mid-August to make the case for solar. We join many economic and industry experts in calling on DC to back off and let this industry grow!
2 Help our customers beat the tax.
We’re filling our warehouse to help as many homes and businesses go solar – at today’s prices – as we can.
3 Consider more US-made panels.
Given the solar tax will only apply to imported solar panels or panel components, why not just buy US-made? Good question. The goal of this new trade policy is to drive up the price of all solar panels. If the policy goes into effect, panel prices will jump, regardless of where they’re made. No escaping that.
Still, buying American is better, right?
But, that’s not all we consider. Here’s what we look for in our partners:
- Do they produce quality equipment and panels that will stand up to Vermont weather for decades?
- Is the company strong, reliable? Will it be around for 25 years to service the warranties on its solar panels?
- Do we like the company – Is it local? Mission-aligned?
Two of the three solar manufacturers who provide panels for our home solar systems are US companies. SunPower, for example, is based in Silicon Valley and employs 1500 Americans. They produce the most powerful and most durable panel available, and much of that production happens overseas – in the Philippines and Malaysia.
Solar panel manufacturing is an international business. The US Trade Commission had to inform 163 nations of our consideration of a solar tax. We like supporting US businesses – and we do! – and we recognize that quality technology is made around the world. Just like our iPhones, our computers, and our televisions.
4 Fill up our warehouse!
We are stockpiling solar panels. The more panels we can squeeze onto our shelves now, the longer we can hold our prices down.