Bipartisan Move in Congress to Thwart Trade Petition Aimed at Driving Up Solar-Panel Prices

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Washington Examiner:Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Friday defended U.S. installers of rooftop solar panels and made an effort to beat back a pending decision that could make imported solar panels more expensive.Bipartisan letters from 16 senators and 53 congressman were sent to International Trade Commission Chairman Rhonda Schmidtlein, and urged the agency to reject a petition by Chinese and German-owned companies that manufactured solar panels and cells in the U.S., but have since gone bankrupt.The two foreign-owned companies that produced in the U.S. were seeking protection from imports that they say is hurting U.S.-based manufacturing. But the lawmakers wrote in their letters that imposing duties on these imports would only increase costs for domestic companies that install rooftop solar panels.“Solar companies in our states believe the requested trade protection would double the price of solar panels,” the Senate letter read. “Increasing costs will stop solar growth dead in its tracks, threatening tens of thousands of American workers in the solar industry and jeopardizing billions of dollars in investment in communities across the country.”Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., spearheaded the letter writing campaign on the Senate side. Reps. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., Mike Thompson, D-Calif., Pat Meehan, R-Pa., and Matt Cartwright, D-Pa., did the same in the House of Representatives.The letters were sent ahead of the trade commission’s Aug. 15 hearing on the petition by Chinese-owned Suniva and German-owned Solar World. The ITC’s role in the case is to decide if imports are hurting U.S.-based manufacturing, even if through the import of fairly traded goods.The Solar Energy Industry Association, the main trade group for the U.S. solar industry, explained that the “agency is considering whether these two companies out of more than 8,000 across the U.S. solar industry deserve tariff relief that would impact the entire market.” The group is opposing the companies’ request at the agency.Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the solar industry group, said the lawmakers effort shows that “trade tariffs are not a red or blue state issue.”The solar energy industry has created 1 out of 50 new jobs within the U.S. in the last year, according to SEIA.More: Republicans, Democrats join forces to protect rooftop solar installers Bipartisan Move in Congress to Thwart Trade Petition Aimed at Driving Up Solar-Panel Priceslast_img read more

A key Huawei P30 Pro feature might be coming to the Nova

first_imgHuawei is rumoured to release the Nova 5 smartphone with 40W fast-charging – but in the wake of the Android ban, timing isn’t ideal. It’s been leaked that the upcoming Huawei Nova 5 smartphone will be shipping with the same 40W fast-charging technology as the Huawei P30 Pro, report GSMArena. However, with Huawei’s future prospects looking dim thanks to Google banning trading with the company, it’s a shame that more of their future mid-range smartphones might miss out on this incredibly useful tech.Related: Best PhonesIn our in-depth review of the Huawei P30 Pro’s battery performance, we noted that the 40W in-box charger could fully charge the massive 4200mAh battery in just over an hour, and can go from 0-70% in just 38 minutes. These are incredible results and would make an impressive in-box addition to the mid-range market.The time it takes to charge the Huawei P30 ProOne of the few rivals to such impressive fast-charging is the Oppo RX17 Pro, which has SuperVOOC fast-charging. In our review, we measured that its 3700mAh battery can reach 35% in 12 minutes, 80% in 27 minutes, and 95% in 39 minutes.But Google has recently announced that it will no longer trade with Huawei, following a directive from the US government. In result, going forward Huawei will no longer have access to Google’s ubiquitous Android operating system (apart from the scaled-down open source version). That means no more Play Store or popular apps such as YouTube or Google Maps. While existing Huawei smartphones will continue to support full-fat Android, they may not be able to download all the latest updatesThis will no doubt have a negative impact on Huawei’s sales, and could even spell doom for its smartphone business in the longer term. So it could be a pity if this encouraging example of mid-range phones packing super fast chargers is extinguished before it can catch on to the rest of the smartphone market. Show More Unlike other sites, we thoroughly review everything we recommend, using industry standard tests to evaluate products. We’ll always tell you what we find. We may get a commission if you buy via our price links.Tell us what you think – email the Editor This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply. Sign up for the Mobile NewsletterSign Up Please keep me up to date with special offers and news from Goodtoknow and other brands operated by TI Media Limited via email. You can unsubscribe at any time. We’d also like to send you special offers and news just by email from other carefully selected companies we think you might like. Your personal details will not be shared with those companies – we send the emails and you can unsubscribe at any time. Please tick here if you are happy to receive these messages.By submitting your information, you agree to the Terms & Conditions and Privacy & Cookies Policy.last_img read more