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Tariffs and tax incentives have dealt setbacks, but solar in Vermont is doing fine

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Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Christopher Ross



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CHRIS MARION, CO-OWNER of Bristol Electronics, stands with one of her firm’s solar installations in Addison. Marion is hopeful that the Vermont solar industry will weather recent regulatory setbacks. Independent photo/Trent Campbell

BRISTOL — Though widely expected, President Trump’s announcement in January that the United States would impose a tariff on imported solar electric cells and modules has set off alarms in Vermont.

The tariff, which the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) called “a loss for America,” is only the latest in what many say is a series of troubling setbacks for Vermont solar, including recent changes in solar power billing rules (called net metering) and a gradual reduction in federal tax incentives.

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