Related Links: Fact sheet from the International Trade Administration The preliminary decision by the U.S. Commerce Dept. to impose tariffs of 30% or more on imports of solar cells and panels from China could have a chilling effect on the industry, various sources say. “It will put a drag on the industry as a whole,” says Robert Healy, manager of Kansas City, Mo.-based Burns & McDonnell’s renewable-energy group. The Commerce Dept. announced on May 17 that it would impose tariffs of 30% or more on crystalline-silicon photovoltaic cells and panels from China after concluding that China had “dumped” the materials
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.