On June 6, 2022, President Biden declared a national emergency (the “Declaration”) in relation to energy resources and temporarily extended the time of duty-free importation of solar panels and parts from Malaysia, Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam. This declaration comes in response to industry concerns over the implications, for ongoing solar energy projects, of the anti-circumvention inquiry by the U.S. Department of Commerce that was initiated on April 1, 2022. The Declaration permits the Secretary of Commerce to waive the collection of duties and other estimated duties on imported solar cells and modules from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Cambodia for the next twenty-four months, regardless of the outcome of the anti-circumvention inquiry.
Ben has a wide range of experience in renewable energy development, construction, financing and transactional matters. Prior to joining the firm, Ben served as Senior Counsel for a large international renewable energy company, where he provided legal and business advice on all aspects of the company’s activities, including the development, construction, sale and acquisition of utility and distributed scale wind, solar and battery storage projects. Prior to that, Ben was an energy and natural resources lawyer at a large national law firm based in Denver.