Tipping the Scales on Solar

Mackinac Center signs open letter on trade restrictions

Suniva, a solar cell manufacturing company received millions of dollars in federal, state and local grants and tax credits is now asking the Trump administration for steep tariffs on imported solar cells.

Michigan, among other states, granted extensive subsidies and tax breaks to the firm. How much it actually collected from state taxpayers is not known because state administrators do not disclose that information.

The import tariffs the company is now requesting are opposed by a U.S. trade association that represents solar energy system installers, solar farm developers and related interests.

The Mackinac Center for Public has joined the National Taxpayer Union in sending an open letter to the Trump administration requesting that it deny the request for protective tariffs.

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