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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced $52 million for 19 selected projects, including $10 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, to strengthen America’s domestic solar supply chain, and $30 million in funding for technologies that will help integrate solar energy into the grid. The investments are part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda.
The research, development and demonstration projects are designed to enhance domestic solar manufacturing, support recycling of solar panels and develop new American-made solar technologies. The investment will help promote cheaper, more efficient solar cells and advance cadmium telluride (CdTe) and perovskite solar manufacturing—two technologies the DOE says will diversify the solar supply chain. This investment plus others made since President Biden took office out the U.S. on track to increase domestic solar panel manufacturing capacity eightfold by the end of 2024, the DOE adds.