Imported solar tax seen as hurting local industry

SHINING EXAMPLE: Workers install solar panels at East Providence Forbes Street project, due for completion in 2017. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD
GREEN DEVELOPMENT LLC plans to employ about 500 workers both directly and through subcontractors to construct solar panel farms in Exeter and North Smithfield. The panels would be similar to the ones shown above. / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD
PROVIDENCE – The Trump Administration’s new tax on imported solar panels isn’t likely to shutter local businesses, but it could hurt the industry and falter in its design to bolster domestic manufacturing. The new tax, designed to boost the American solar manufacturing industry, starts at 30 percent and falls 5 percent in each of the…

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