WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin introduced the Reclaiming the Solar Supply Chain Act to expand the solar manufacturing supply chain in the U.S., create good paying jobs, and support our country’s transition to cheaper renewable energy.
“Investing in Made in America solar manufacturing will ensure our supply chains are housed here in the U.S. and help us move toward a renewable energy future, all while creating good paying jobs,” said Senator Baldwin. “I am proud to support this legislation that will create and sustain American manufacturing jobs and help provide low cost clean energy for American families.”
The Reclaiming the Solar Supply Chain Act would authorize the Secretary of Energy to provide $3 billion in grants and loans over the next 5 years to fund the construction of new U.S. facilities that manufacture solar components, as well as to retool, retrofit, or expand existing facilities that manufacture solar components. The legislation also supports good-paying union jobs by ensuring that any solar manufacturing facility in the U.S. that receives funding has strong labor protections for workers. Representative Val Demings (D-FL-10) has introduced companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The legislation is also sponsored by Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH).
This legislation is endorsed by The Ultra Low-Carbon Solar Alliance, Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Sierra Club, Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE) Center for Critical Minerals Strategy, and American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE).