- President Biden recently invoked the Defense Production Act in a bid to accelerate domestic production of clean energy technologies and spur domestic manufacturing
- He also declared a 24-month tariff exemption for solar panels from Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand
- This presents a breakthrough opportunity for Correlate and other players in the industry to scale up their operations and execute large-scale solar power installations around the country
In March 2022, the United States Department of Commerce opened an investigation into solar modules imported into the country from Southeast Asia. The affected nations included Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Malaysia, with the department citing the expansion of Chinese manufacturers into these markets to avoid duties imposed on Chinese exports back in 2012 (https://ibn.fm/LsoPP).
In a report published by The Wall Street Journal (“WSJ”) in April, it was noted that Southeast Asia was America’s top source of solar panels, accounting for 85% of American imports in 2021. However, the scrutiny of the investigation posed a challenge for companies within the United States that offered green energy solutions. Industry experts noted that the threat of new tariffs was already causing the industry to seize up. Should the issue persist, solar deployment in America could drop by 50% in 2022 (https://ibn.fm/8H4YA).
While acknowledging the issue, President Biden invoked the Defense Production Act on Monday, June 6, 2022. This move sought to accelerate domestic production of clean energy technologies, including solar panel parts, in what the Biden administration termed an effort to “spur domestic manufacturing” (https://ibn.fm/Vftzi).
The act authorizes the Department of Energy to rapidly expand American manufacturing in solar panel parts such as photovoltaic modules and module components, among others. In addition, the President called on Congress to quickly pass tax cuts and additional investments to advance U.S. clean energy and manufacturing deployment, help consumers and strengthen the country’s economy.
“These actions are going to spur domestic manufacturing. It’s going to put wind in the sails of construction projects all around the country that are employing folks who are making a good wage, and it’s going to do all of that while cutting costs for our families and tackling both climate change and environmental injustice,” noted a senior administration official.
It’s a move that significantly expands opportunities for Correlate Infrastructure Partners (OTCQB: CIPI). The company offers a comprehensive suite of proprietary clean energy assessment solutions for the commercial real estate industry, developing an industry-leading energy solution and financing platform.
In addition to the President’s move to expand clean energy production in the country, he also declared a 24-month tariff exemption for solar panels from Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand. This lifts the freeze imposed after the investigation and presents an opportunity for companies such as Correlate to bring in vital solar power components without incurring punitive tariffs that ultimately make solar power economically inaccessible to the masses (https://ibn.fm/dqOvM).
“There is going to be this safe harbor timeout on the….collection of duties, and that’s at the heart of what’s going to save all of these solar projects and ensure that they are going forward,” noted a White House source.
Without this exemption, tariffs were expected to go up to 250%, which would have made solar installations less financially attractive to homeowners and players in the commercial real estate industry, Correlate’s primary customers.
“The president’s action is a much-needed reprieve from this industry-crushing probe,” noted Abigail Ross Hopper, the President of the Solar Energy Industries Association.
“During the two-year tariff suspension window, the U.S. solar industry can return to rapid deployment while the Defense Production Act helps grow American solar manufacturing,” she added.
With these developments, Correlate can execute projects similar to, or bigger in scale than the 908-kW rooftop solar project at Continental Envelope’s Illinois manufacturing plant. In addition, it can facilitate the overall industry’s growth, allowing for facilities to be set up within the country, ultimately cutting down on dependence and imports from Southeast Asia.
For company information, visit the company’s website at www.CorrelateInfra.com, including the following:
- Breaking Down Barriers To Your ESG Goals While Generating Additional Net Operating Income: www.CorrelateInfra.com/our-process
- Platform Generates New Rent And Operating Income, Allowing You To Meet Your ESG Goals: www.CorrelateInfra.com/program
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