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Biden-Harris Administration Announces $45 Million to Boost Domestic Solar Manufacturing

Funding from President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda Will Support Silicon Component Manufacturing and Develop Agrivoltaics and Photovoltaics Technology

As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $45 million, including $18 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to support pilot manufacturing of solar components that can contribute to a domestic manufacturing sector capable of meeting the Administration’s solar deployment goals without relying on imported products. The funding will also support the development of new dual use solar technologies such as agrivoltaics and building-integrated photovoltaics, to create new markets for American products. Revitalizing the U.S. manufacturing sector is an essential component of President Biden’s economic strategy, Bidenomics, and is critical to achieving a clean energy future that benefits all Americans. 

“President Biden’s Investing in America agenda has led to a surge of solar manufacturing announcements and has created thousands of good paying, union jobs in solar deployment,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm. “With these innovative, made-in-America technologies, the Biden-Harris Administration is powering the clean energy transition, lowering electricity costs for hardworking Americans, and protecting the future for our children from the impacts of the climate crisis.” 

Dual-use PV is a type of PV application where PV panels serve an additional function besides the generation of electricity. Dual-use technology like agrivoltaics, BIPV, floating PV, and vehicle-integrated PV, creates opportunities to develop domestically made products capable of expanding PV markets, as well as reducing reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. By integrating solar energy systems into existing landscapes, dual-use PV has the potential to minimize land-use concerns.

There have been 63 domestic manufacturing announcements across the solar supply chain since the beginning of the Biden-Harris Administration, including more than 40 of which have been announced since August 2022. As detailed in a recent DOE report, domestic manufacturing of the components that make solar modules is key to achieving a clean grid. Establishing a more diverse set of solar manufacturers in the United States creates jobs and spurs economic activity, while also building workforce technical expertise and capability, simplifying shipping and logistics, and reducing supply chain insecurity.

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