Solar, storage industry charts course for revival of American manufacturing through Cut Inflation Act
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) released a roadmap with short- and long-term steps to dramatically change the U.S. solar manufacturing industry now that the Solar Energy Act (SEMA) Manufacturing for America Act) was passed as part of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
The new white paper Catalyzing U.S. Solar Manufacturing, describes how the solar power and storage industry can capitalize on this political support and build a manufacturing base that is cost-competitive, secures sufficient demand, and supports a strong and diverse workforce. . It also provides an overview of the current market landscape as well as an analysis of how SEMA and other provisions of the Inflation Reduction Act can help increase domestic production.
“For the first time, the United States has put in place an industrial policy that will usher in a new era of clean energy manufacturing,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of SEIA. “This roadmap is a blueprint for strategically developing America’s clean energy supply chain and supporting companies that have committed to producing in the United States once the reconciliation package becomes law. If we follow the document’s recommendations, we can grow the solar manufacturing workforce in the United States and put the solar and storage industry on a path to safe, sustainable, and equitable growth for decades to come. come.
Global instability and supply chain challenges in recent years underscore the importance of domestic production and the need to meet SEIA’s goal of 50 gigawatts of solar manufacturing capacity in the U.S. ‘by 2030. New generation capacity can significantly reduce shipping and import costs, which will insulate the U.S. solar power and storage industry from global supply disruptions and help ensure security and reliability of the electrical network.
With SEMA in place, the roadmap recommends manufacturers consider the demand and timing of their products and focus their attention on downstream production first. This first includes expanding domestic module manufacturing so that there is an existing demand for domestic cells, ingots and wafers once these products become available. The paper points out that domestic manufacturing can grow in the short term as the IRA dramatically increases demand for solar and storage products, but this capacity needs to be increased over a period of years.
Thoughtful industrial policies and a long-term strategy for domestic manufacturing are essential to strengthening America’s energy security and creating hundreds of thousands of high-quality manufacturing jobs.
This roadmap is the first report in a series of articles that will focus on emerging opportunities and challenges for the solar and storage industry. The next report will focus on building a strong US manufacturing base for energy storage equipment.
Read the roadmap and learn more about SEIA’s vision for the Solar+ Decade.
Courtesy of SEIA.
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