The recently announced new 30% tax tariff on imported solar systems in U.S. shook the solar market a little bit as there are a lot of imported solar cells.

Tesla Solar Panels & Powerwall

Tesla Solar Panels & Powerwall

Tesla, who began local production of its solar products at the Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York (in partnership with Panasonic) shouldn't be affected much by the tax. Even if there's a need to import part of the cells (for panels or Solar Roof), the first 2.5 GW imported is tax-free anyways.

This should give U.S. solar system manufacturers some advantage over competitors, though it's unclear how much of an advantage will be realized.

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Regardless, Tesla reaffirmed it intentions to expand the production facility.

“Tesla is committed to expanding its domestic manufacturing, including Gigafactory 2 in Buffalo, New York, regardless of the solar tariff decision.”

Source: Teslarati via Reuters