Bifacial Modules Win Reprieve From US Solar Tariffs

Bifacial solar modules will be officially exempted from President Trump’s trade tariffs later today.

Modules imported from all the major producing countries are levied at 25% currently, falling to 20% in February next year under the Section 201 measures.

A statement by the US trade representative yesterday confirmed that the exemption would be lodged on the Federal Register on Thursday.

Many Chinese manufacturers face both anti-dumping duties and the Section 201 levies. Between January and September 2018, only 46MW of modules were imported from mainland China to the US. The latest twist creates a route to market for China-sourced modules into the US.

Bifacial breakthrough

The technology has spent some time hamstrung by a lack of performance data. This has made some investors wary of financing projects. As technology costs have continued to fall a new strategy has emerged to sidestep the ‘chicken-and-egg’ situation. Developers of three different projects on three different continents have told PV Tech that they are essentially financing bifacial solar projects based on projections of the front-side power only. After a few years of operation, site-specific data on the yield from the rear side will present the opportunity to refinance based on power from both sides, theoretically lowering the cost of that finance.