The latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report makes it clear that the solar industry will see historic growth over the next decade. In fact, the report’s forecasts show the U.S. solar market will grow 4x by 2030 and reach over 419 gigawatts (GW) of capacity. And yet despite these encouraging trends, if we are going to meaningfully boost the economy and tackle the climate crisis, we will need strong policies.
In response to a March 23 letter from Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR), SEIA delivered this written response, providing information about the industry's efforts to ensure the solar supply chain is free of forced labor.
SEIA has an ambitious but achievable goal – solar energy will constitute 20% of all U.S. electricity generation by 2030. To reach this target, we must grow our industry by 18% annually and install more than 500 gigawatts (“GW”) of solar projects by the end of 2030, building upon the nearly 100 GW of solar energy capacity that exists today. Achieving the 20% by 2030 goal will result in hundreds of thousands of new jobs, more than 14 million solar rooftops, and 500 million metric tons of avoided CO2 emissions.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), on the confirmation of President Biden’s U.S. Trade Representative nominee, Katherine Tai:
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Seventeen leading renewable energy CEOs are calling on President Biden to rescind the Trump Administration’s October 2020 solar proclamation, which improperly increased tariffs on solar panels and rescinds the exclusion for bifacial solar panels.
On February 11, 2021, a group of 17 CEOs and executives from some of the largest clean energy businesses in the U.S. signed a letter to President Biden, asking him to rescind the proclamation issued by President Trump in October 2020, which increased the 2021 tariff rate for imported solar cells and modules, and reinstated tariffs on bifacial solar modules.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today 175 solar companies, including some of the top solar manufacturers in the world, are announcing that they have signed a pledge opposing forced labor in the solar supply chain. By signing the pledge, companies are stating their commitment to help prevent these abhorrent practices and ensure that the products they are using do not have links to forced labor in the Xinjiang region of China, or anywhere else in the world.
Ensuring an ethical and sustainable supply chain is of paramount importance to the U.S. solar industry. Based on reports of human rights abuses in China with implications for the solar supply chain, it is clear that the industry must work proactively to stamp out these abhorrent practices. SEIA and the industry have taken numerous steps to address these critical issues and will remain committed to the long-term sustainability and integrity of our supply chains.
I want to share our vision for the next decade, and more specifically, for our new President-elect. It goes without saying that this is an exciting time to be in the solar industry. We are now 32x bigger than we were a decade ago and this $18 billion industry supports American families in every state. Solar is a job-creating engine with bipartisan support and helps to bring clean, affordable electricity to millions.