US solar and storage paper outlines plan to take control of US supply chain

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has issued a whitepaper that outlines steps to secure a stronger domestic supply chain in the United States and reduce reliance on global imports, particularly from China.
US solar and storage paper outlines plan to take control of US supply chain
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The paper, “American Solar and Storage Manufacturing Renaissance: Managing the Transition Away from China”, outlines a plan for reducing imports at a pace that aligns with efforts to reshore manufacturing and scale domestic production in key parts of the supply chain.

“American control of the solar supply chain is critical for our national security and economic strength” said SEIA president and CEO Abigail Ross Hopper. “China is not going to willingly give up its market share, so we must be methodical and strategic about how we capitalise on the policy certainty from the Inflation Reduction Act and build this American clean energy manufacturing engine.”

The paper concludes that the current policy environment is enough to meaningfully manufacture all elements of the solar supply chain in the United States in the medium and long term. This independence does not mean America will cut off from ethical global markets, but rather should capitalise on the opportunity to drastically reduce our reliance on China and other potential adversaries for clean energy equipment and materials.

SEIA’s vision and goal is that by end of this decade, the United States will be the most competitive and collaborative solar and energy storage industry in the world.

SEIA is also releasing an interactive map that tracks new and existing solar and storage manufacturing facilities in the United States. The map includes the new clean energy manufacturing investments that have been announced since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and its historic investment in domestic manufacturing.

The map incorporates facilities across the solar and storage value chain, including facilities that produce raw materials such as polysilicon, solar module assembly factories and facilities that produce solar components like racking and tracking systems.

According to SEIA analysis, the IRA is projected to grow America’s solar manufacturing workforce from about 34,000 jobs today to more than 115,000 solar manufacturing jobs by the end of the decade. By 2030, nearly 20 percent of solar jobs will be in manufacturing, up from roughly 12.5 percent today.

“The tides have turned in the solar manufacturing business landscape thanks to the IRA, and the announcements already made will create up to 80,000 high quality, family-supporting jobs” added Ms. Hopper. “This is just the tip of the iceberg. With speedy implementation of the 45X manufacturing tax credit, more well-paying solar careers will be on the way.”

Users can filter the map by product type, facility size, location, jobs, investment total and production volume. The map includes 42 GW of US solar module manufacturing announcements to date, marking significant progress toward SEIA’s stated goal of 50 GW of domestic manufacturing capacity by 2030.

For additional information:

Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA)

“American Solar and Storage Manufacturing Renaissance: Managing the Transition Away from China”

Interactive Map

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