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Solar-Panel Shortage Snarls U.S. Green-Energy Plans

Phred Dvorak of The Wall Street Journal reports on solar panel shortages in the U.S.

The C3 Take
  • America’s solar panel shortage is largely a result of legislation that cracks down on forced child and Uyghur labor in China.
  • An outdated permitting process, which takes an average of 4.5 years to complete, is also impeding clean energy progress.
  • These shortages reinforce the need for America to establish secure and reliable supply chains for clean power and rare earth minerals.
  • Additionally, lawmakers must modernize America’s antiquated permitting system to get more projects up and running.

“The disruptions have pummeled solar deployment in the U.S., where domestic manufacturers are few and imports, largely from Chinese and other Asian makers, account for more than 80% of all panels used. An estimated 23 gigawatts’ worth of big solar projects have been delayed so far this year—almost twice as much as was installed in all of 2021 and approaching a third of all such projects in development, according to the American Clean Power Association, an industry group.”

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