A new 30 percent tariff on imported solar cells will hurt solar companies in New Mexico and elsewhere, but industry representatives say they can withstand the impact.
It also marked a time for unusual alliances - Trump's conservative allies, including Heritage Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council, also condemned the push for tariffs.
Why have they been imposed? Trump's decision will likely mean the demise of the petitioners, Suniva and SolarWorld.
The tariffs may serve as a harbinger for other upcoming trade decisions.
Beijing has opposed unilateral trade penalties by the U.S. Analysts warn that this trade action against Chinese products could later include steel and aluminum-an expansion that could spark a trade war.
Suniva wants higher tariffs than those recommended by the trade commission. It says the rest install the panels in homes and businesses, whether they are made in the USA or elsewhere. That makes the current trade case even more important, he said.
"It is a global case".
Citing that in order to implement safeguards under WTO agreements, one must face a radical surge in imports, grave damage to local industry and establish a correlation between the imports surge and industry damage, Kim contended that the US' decision was wrongly made.
So the White House is conceding that this is a very rapidly growing industry and that smart domestic policies can be used to achieve global leadership - at the very time the Administration is doing everything it can to undermine USA leadership in clean energy. Ambassador Lighthizer further sought the views of participants in the washer industry and solar producers, importers, and installers before developing the TPC's recommendation for the President. As more solar power goes on line, the hardware steadily declines in price. Tesla uses imported cells and produces its own cells with Panasonic, which are used in traditional solar panels and its new solar tiles product. In 2016, solar was the largest source of new US electricity-generating capacity.
The new charges, pitched on Monday by the White House as relief for domestic manufacturers, are instead being slammed by United States solar industry groups as an effort to destroy the solar energy market in America.
"We are selling energy that can be created by wind, by natural gas, by hydro, by coal, by nukes".
"The role that imports have played.has been absolutely massive", said Ethan Zindler, head of USA policy analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, a research firm. He has changed his mind.
Both companies have argued that tariffs would help create manufacturing jobs in the U.S.
Shares in Whirlpool rose 2.5 percent on the news, and it immediately announced it would employ 200 more people. He said jobs at those companies are hard to outsource. Reports have already been circulating that Jinko Solar may open a module factory in Jacksonville, Florida.
The tariffs are built on a declining scale, according to the government. "With Americans in Puerto Rico and Houston still struggling to recover from climate disasters, Trump should be supporting renewable energy rather than making it more costly".
Brightbill, the lawyer for SolarWorld Americas, sounded confident.