GCR wrote:The photovoltaic panels themselves, according to some analyses, makes up only about one-third of the cost of an installation.
The rest is composed of such "soft costs" as frames for the panels, land for larger arrays, power inverters, wiring, and of course the cost of labor to do the installations.
That means that the tariff may add only 10 percent to the total cost of the installations—and whether that is enough to have a material effect on installation rates remains to be seen.
This is the real bottom line. I know that if my solar panels had cost me 10% more to install, I still would have gone through with the project. Some will choose not to. But a 10% bump in prices - in order to protect the waning American manufacturing jobs - is hardly going to kill the industry.