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Could Biden’s clean energy push be a victim of its success?

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By illuminem briefings

· 2 min read

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🗞️ Driving the news: Qcells, a leading solar panel company in the United States has doubled its production size since the introduction of the Inflation Reduction Act
• However, there are growing concerns of Biden’s energy policies creating an excess of supply over demand due to its fostering an overly favorable policy environment and competition from abroad

🔭 The context: The Inflation Reduction Act has spurred fast growth in the solar industry by encouraging investment and lowering regulatory requirements
•  This act also incentivizes the use of American-made solar components, boosting domestic manufacturing

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The expansion of solar panel manufacturing under Biden's clean energy initiative is pivotal for climate change efforts
•  Renewable energy sources like solar now comprise a significant portion of new electricity generation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions even as the U.S. economy grows

⏭️ What's next: The future of the solar industry faces challenges from potential market oversupply and international competition
•  There are calls for more stringent trade penalties and protective measures to safeguard domestic manufacturing against cheap imports, primarily from China

💬 One quote: “Just coming in here, you feel like this is the future,” (Wayne Lock, a Qcells quality engineer)

📈 One stat: Qcells' is planning to set up a new $2.3 billion plant in Cartersville, Georgia, poised to become the largest solar manufacturing operation in the U.S.

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