The majority of the US solar industry has said that supply chain issues worsened in 2022, whilst a similar proportion also said that they expect to expand their businesses in 2023 directly because of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).
The US installed 4.6GW of solar capacity during Q3 2022, a 17% decrease from the same period last year, as trade barriers continue to hamper deployment, according to research from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Wood Mackenzie.
The Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) is expected to add an extra US$110 billion in investment for utility-scale solar in the US by 2030, increasing the country's utility-scale deployment by more than 70GW.
Following the implementation of the US’ Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) on 21 June, the EU has come under increasing pressure to enact similar measures, with upcoming legislation potentially holding big implications for the region’s solar sector.
The US’ Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) has come into force today and assumes that any items “wholly or in part” made in China’s Xinjiang region are a product of the region’s alleged labour camps for ethnic minorities, meaning they are prohibited from entering the US.
After years of protracted disputes and business uncertainty, the US solar industry will soon find out the precise terms of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) and its implications for the supply of solar products to the country.