The U.S. solar supply chain is getting a boost from Italy. The Wall Street Journal reports that Italian energy giant Enel is readying a massive solar-manufacturing push in the U.S., with a planned scale for producing solar panels that would make the company’s factory one of the largest such ventures in the country.
The nature of the manufacturing may be more important than the sheer scale. The factory will also manufacture solar cells, the building blocks for solar panels and a component not currently produced in the U.S. The last few manufacturers went out of business or were priced out of the market by cheaper imports in recent years, leaving the U.S. without a bedrock piece of the solar supply chain as the country looks to compete with Chinese imports.
Enel, meantime, is looking at potential sites from the Great Lakes to Texas, with hopes of starting production in 2024.
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