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January 23, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, Congresswoman Jacky Rosen (NV-03) responded to the news that the Trump Administration will impose a 30 percent tariff on imported solar panels, a move that threatens to handicap a $28 billion industry that relies on parts made abroad for 80 percent of its supply. Last year, Congresswoman Rosen sent a bipartisan letter to the Chairman of the International Trade Commission warning that imposing such a tariff would threaten Nevada’s clean energy economy and hurt the solar industry, which was the single largest source of new electric generating capacity in the U.S. in 2016.

“In Nevada, I've seen firsthand how investment in solar energy has created thousands of good-paying jobs and helped diversify our economy for the future,” said Rosen. “Imposing this misguided tariff threatens to hurt thousands of Nevada workers, force developers to walk away from projects they’ve invested in, and deals a major blow to our state’s economy. At a time when Nevada's rooftop solar industry is just getting back on its feet, this Administration continues to make short-sighted decisions that undermine our transition to renewable energy sources. I will continue to fight for Nevada's expanding clean energy economy and stand up for our solar energy jobs and businesses.”

BACKGROUND: According to the Solar Foundation, in 2016 there were 8,371 solar jobs in Nevada (7,031 in Clark County), the 4th most in the U.S., and the 2nd most per capita. Approximately 12% of the solar workers in Nevada are veterans. Around 95% of Nevada’s solar jobs are in the installation, sales, distribution, and project development sectors, all of which heavily depend on the availability of affordable solar panels.

As former President of Congregation Ner Tamid in Henderson, Rosen led a team that constructed one of the largest solar projects by a non-profit in the City of Henderson and southern Nevada through a public-private partnership. Rosen helped cut the synagogue’s energy bills by 70%.