Biden powers up solar panel production with important executive order

Washington DC - President Joe Biden just gave solar power the perfect boost in another climate win for the US.

President Biden's decision should help to grow solar power in the US.
President Biden's decision should help to grow solar power in the US.  © Collage: REUTERS

The president will get rid of tariffs on solar panels from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam, according to a memo from the White House and reporting by Reuters.

His decision will cancel fees on 80% of solar panels imported by the US, which would give the booming solar industry a huge push and supercharge the country's efforts to keep growing green power generation.

Biden is relying on the Defense Production Act for this decision, and the White House will also use the act to boost the manufacturing of other climate solutions, like better solution for buildings, heat pumps, and green fuels.

Until the US can make more of its own solar panels, maxing out imports will buy time and help meet green goals sooner.

Stateside solar production

The Biden administration is moving to make sure that solar installation keeps happening with imported panels, while also trying to boost production at home.

Right now, the US still heavily relies on imports to put up more solar panels.

The bid to keep solar installations charging ahead is also a way to help the US be more independent of other countries for its energy needs.

The White House statement included another reason for the waived tariffs, saying that the US could be a better ally if it weren't as dependent on foreign fossil fuels, which more solar power can help with.

If all goes as planned, the president's decision will help the solar industry grow faster and help get the country off of fossil fuels as soon as possible.

Cover photo: Collage: REUTERS

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