Recently, Senator Jon Ossoff (D-GA) introduced the Solar Energy Manufacturing for America Act alongside Senators Reverend Raphael Warnock (D-GA), Michael Bennet (D-CO), and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). This commonsense legislation will provide tax credits for American manufacturers at every stage of the solar manufacturing supply chain, from polysilicon to solar cells to fully assembled solar modules.
In support of Senator Ossoff’s proposal and the effort to reach 100 GW of annual renewable energy manufacturing capacity, SEIA announced a new target of 50 GW of annual domestic production capacity by 2030, a ten-fold increase from where we are today.This ambitious goal aims to dramatically ramp up American solar manufacturing capacity which would cover all key elements of a solar energy system, including polysilicon, ingots and wafers, cells and modules, racking and trackers and inverters. Read more here.
- SEIA Whitepaper: The Solar+ Decade & American Renewable Energy Manufacturing
- Supply chain issues driving up PV prices, delaying US projects, says LevelTen, PV Magazine
ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ACT
- Energy Infrastructure Bill Clears Committee with Key Components of Portman-Shaheen Energy Efficiency Bill, News Release, Office of U.S. Senator Rob Portman
- About the Bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus
- Energy Act could mean funding for abandoned mines, jobs for West Virginia, WV News
- Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Passes Energy Infrastructure Act, Teeing Up Consideration of Bipartisan Infrastructure Package, National Law Review
Climate change is no longer other worldly, and inaction is no longer an option, USA Today Editorial Our View: Heat dome killed hundreds in the Pacific Northwest as global temperatures rise. Biden infrastructure bill is a good start to protect America.
NEWS FROM OTHER STATES
- Missouri on cusp of moving toward renewable energy, Fulton Sun
- APS launches incentive to tap 80% of residential customers’ battery capacity during peak demand, Utility Dive
- SunSmart Ames Earns Top Project of the Year Award from Environment + Energy Leader, ForeFront Power News Release
BACKLOGGED TRANSMISSION QUEUES
Gridlock in transmission queues spotlights need for FERC action on planning, Utility Dive
Generation interconnects to transmission through queues managed by the seven regional transmission and independent system operators (RTO/ISOs) and utility transmission owners. And capacity in those queues “is growing year-over-year,” according to an analysis by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) of an estimated 85% of U.S. electricity load at the end of 2020.