Biden Administration Unveils New Funding for Domestic Solar Manufacturing

Reliance on overseas solar production has wreaked havoc on the U.S. solar industry at a time when U.S. President Joe Biden has set an ambitious goal to wean the nation’s power sector off of fossil fuels by 2035. 

Nichola Groom, Reuters

The Biden administration on July 14 said it would pour $56 million into programs aimed at spurring domestic manufacturing of solar energy products as the U.S. seeks to move its clean energy sector away from a dependence on Chinese-made goods.

The new funding from the Department of Energy (DOE) will support technologies that are alternatives to the silicon-based products that dominate the market and are primarily made in Asia.

The announcement comes a week after the International Energy Agency said nations must expand their own solar production to secure the supplies needed to meet climate change goals. Some 90% of U.S. solar panels are made overseas.

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