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U.S. government announces tariff exemption for bifacial modules

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June 13, 2019
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The U.S. Trade Representative has announced a final round of exclusions to the Section 201 tariffs, which imposed a 30% premium on imported crystalline silicon modules. Specifically, bifacial modules (which generate electricity from both sides) will not be subject to tariffs. This will result in a bump in bifacial deployment in the U.S. – the technology has already attracted industry attention for improved yields when deployed with tracker systems due to captured albedo, and for competitive levelized costs, partially driven by longer lifetimes. Clients should regard this development as a strong indicator that bifacial module architectures will increasingly dominate market share for PV.

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