Congressman Doyle Introduces Solar Supply Chain Legislation
Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (D-PA-18) announced that he has introduced the Reclaiming the Solar Supply Chain Act, legislation to invest in U.S.-based solar energy component manufacturing, with Rep. Val Demings (FL-10), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), and Elissa Slotkin (MI-08).
"As we continue to build a cleaner energy system, we should ensure that its components are being built here in America," Congressman Doyle said. “Currently, foreign competitors are dominating the manufacture of solar panels and in some cases using forced labor to do so. The Reclaiming the Solar Supply Chain Act would promote the U.S. manufacture of solar panels and solar panel components. We have the best workforce in the world and a growing demand for clean energy, so making the investment that this legislation does would create good paying jobs here at home while creating a cleaner economy.”
The legislation is endorsed by the Sierra Club and the Environmental Defense Fund.
Solar manufacturing globally is currently dominated by China. Republicans in the Senate have worked to strip renewable energy funding from the Democratic infrastructure package. Manufacturing related to solar power could create up to 1.5 million new jobs across the country by 2035.
Recent polling on federal support for solar installation found bipartisan approval with two thirds of voters in support.
This legislation would provide funding to eligible entities for construction of new facilities that manufacture solar components as well as retooling, retrofitting, or expanding existing facilities that manufacture solar components. Priority would be given to manufacturers that provide the greatest potential for domestic job creation and economic development in economically distressed regions. The bill authorizes $700,000,000 each fiscal year from 2022 to 2026.
"Solar energy is critical to the U.S. economy," said Michael Parr, Ultra Low Carbon Solar Alliance Executive Director. “American companies and utilities need a reliable supply of sustainably manufactured solar panels to support our clean energy future. Too many imported solar panels are made in supply chains with high carbon emissions. The Reclaiming the Solar Supply Chain Act, by supporting the expansion of all elements of solar panel manufacturing right here in the U.S., can leverage American innovation, low carbon manufacturing and productive American workers to ensure the supply of sustainable solar we need. The Ultra Low Carbon Solar Alliance congratulates Representatives Demings, Dingell, Doyle, and Slotkin for introducing this important legislation and encourage their House colleagues to support it.”